A new review from The Movie Snob.
Paddington (B-). This family-friendly movie about a marmalade-loving bear has gotten strong reviews, but I thought it was only slightly better than passable. Paddington is a talking bear who travels from darkest Peru to modern London in search of a new home. Strangely, Londoners are completely unfazed by the presence of a bear in their midst—or by the fact that he can talk. Alone and friendless, Paddington is taken in temporarily by a kindly family headed by Henry (Hugh Bonneville, TV’s Downton Abbey) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins, Never Let Me Go). A wicked taxidermist played by the beautiful and talented Nicole Kidman (Trespass) is hot on Paddington’s trail, although it is beyond bizarre that a talking bear would be more valuable stuffed than alive. I guess kids would like it, and this has to be Nicole’s highest grossing movie (about $76 million to date) in a very long time.