Director: Paul King
Writers: Paul King (written by), Paul King, Hamish McColl (screen story), Michael Bond (character “Paddington Bear”)
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Ben Whishaw (Paddington’s voice)
Release Date: November 23, 2014 (UK), January 16, 2015 (US)
Runtime: 1 hr. 35 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG
It’s always a risk when taking a beloved childhood story or character and trying to translate it to the big screen. It takes a deft hand, a sensitivity to the source material, and an understanding of the ongoing relationships that are developed between children and their favorites. In this case, it looks as though writer/director Paul King, along with co-writer Hamish McColl, have managed to maintain their childhood connection to Michael Bond’s little bear from darkest Peru, Paddington, giving children who are current fans, and parents with fond memories, something to enjoy together. Click through for my full review.