I LOVE the UK, the Queen, the scones, the telly, the tea, the shops, the humour, the different accents, well… you guessed it pretty much everything about the British culture. Hence the title of this series ‘British Crush‘ where I will talk about something that I love about the country and its lifestyle.
I finally went to see Paddington at the cinema!
Paddington is a little bear who comes from Darkest Peru. He is sent by his Aunt Lucy to London to find a host family that will welcome him in their home. Sitting on his luggage on a platform in Paddington Station, he has a little tag around the neck that reads: ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ The Brown’s discover him and take him to Number 32 Windsor Gardens.
Paddington is adapted from a series of books written by Michael Bond that started in 1958. Just two years earlier, he had come to life in the BBC cameraman imagination when, on Christmas Eve, he had bought for his wife the last teddy bear staying on a shelf of the Selfridge store in London. The first stories were published in the form of chapter books, each one relating a story on its own. Some picture and board books of shorter versions of the original stories were written later to appeal to a younger public. In 1975, Paddington made his first apparition on the television in a BBC puppet animated series for children. Quite old, I know, but still very cute.
Along with those two things: the music and the loving depiction of London, I admired the decors. The house where the Brown family live is situated in Notting Hill as I said above and when we step inside we’re back in the fifties! Everything looks gorgeous, warm and welcoming. A proper home. I must say that the idea of using a doll house to add to the narration was genius. I adore doll houses, they look so cosy in any child’s room. It was perfect for me.
Overall, even if this is quite a predictable movie, you still end up laughing and smiling at the Britishness of it all. Somehow I felt like Paddington: I love the English from far away, learn about their culture and habits but I will always be a stranger that never quite gets it! I guess it might not really be what the directors meant to convey but you totally get a sense of Paddington as a migrant when watching the film. About this subject, I totally recommend this article in which an immigration lawyer reviews the case of Paddington.
- Paddington is very well mannered. Everyone is extremely polite
- The Browns are trying to be exemplary parents. I loved the flashback about the birth of their daughter
- The colours. Fantastic!
- The quality of the images
- Christmas is not an element of the story but seems to be incorporated to match the date the movie came out. I love that, I think it’s a great movie to watch at this time of the year with the whole family.
- The doll house
- The music
- I ordered the first novel, I’m a total sucker for cute children books.
- The celebration of London
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