P is for Paddington
If you’re like us, you always leave movie awards season feeling unfulfilled. Don’t get us wrong, we love movies and our new MoviePass allows us to see almost every single one. Although the Oscars recognize beautiful films, (Check out our review of the Oscar Films) they often overlook the memorable and moving films that inspire.
Exhausted by attending the dramatic Oscar Films, we decided to take a break and sit through Paddington 2. We were hesitant especially considering we hadn’t seen Paddington 1. Fast forward. We’ve now seen it four times, brought the Punkin to see it (her very first movie theater experience! See the episode here.), and added it to our Top 10 List of Best Kids Movies. (Sorry Muppets Take Manhattan, you’ve been bumped into the “Honorable Mention” category.) Since Paddington 2 came out in January, we hope that this film gets taken seriously next years awards season. Here’s why:
In the 1962 Academy Awards, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man lost best picture to Lawrence of Arabia. In 1963, Mary Poppins was nominated alongside another family-friendly hit, My Fair Lady. Then in 1965, The Sound of Music won Best Picture.
Since the 60s, very few family-friendly films have been recognized with the exception of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 1991. In 1995: Braveheart won over Babe, and Toy Story wasn’t even nominated. One of our favorites, Up! was nominated in 2009 but lost to The Hurt Locker. Eventually, the academy finally threw Toy Story 3 a bone with a nomination in 2010. In 2015, Inside Out wasn’t even nominated amidst 8 weak dramatic films.
“If we are kind and polite, the world will be right.” Paddington
“It’s a family adventure that’s the right sort of heartwarming, delivering real human emotion through the medium of a small bear.”
“It’s an exquisite reminder of the wondrous things that can happen when a storyteller of boundless imagination avails himself of some rigorous discipline.”
Paddington 2 is an ensemble driven film with every cast member contributing to make this movie fantastic. The cast includes Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville and even Joanna Lumley. The stand-out performances come from Hugh Grant as the washed-up stage actor/villain, Ben Wishaw who perfectly voices the mild-mannered Paddington, and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) as the lovely, nurturing, and adventurous heroine.
There’s not much to say when a movie about a polite bear reminds you of classics like Home Alone, Babe, and the french masterpiece Amélie. Paddington is a visual feast.
Dario Marianelli (Atonement) writes a perfectly heartfelt and whimsical score. We recommend Love Thy Neighbor (Track 13), Escape Waltz (Track 16), or just do like we do and listen to the whole thing while you clean the house.
Paddington 2 for Best Picture
Paddington 2 is based on the characters created by Michael Bond and directed by Paul King.
Check out our Top 10 Kids Movies (Without the new inclusion of Paddington)
Watch The Premier Party Episode (which was actually just us seeing Paddington)