I remember when he came into my life. His eyes were kind, he was very polite. Not sure if I had even heard of him, an uncle, or maybe it was an aunt, thought I might enjoy him. Of course I had heard of him. I watched him on t.v. It was love at first sight.
He had on lovely wellies, a blue duffel coat and a red hat. He sat on my bed. His books brought me such joy, I wanted to eat marmalade every day. I still like marmalade. I mean can you imagine not enjoying marmalade? Marmalade has a special taste; slightly bitter, just sweet, a lovely mix.
That was years ago.
I heard Colin Firth was taking on a voice. A voice of a beloved bear. It wasn’t Winnie the Pooh. Although I did love Winnie the Pooh.
Then Colin Firth said no to the bear. I was a bit sad. He has a lovely voice. Maybe not as young as they needed. He had something else, another project, which er, required lots of beating up of people and some kicking. Which also means he’s in fighting shape and looks very good. I’ll be talking about that soon. I just have to talk about the bear first.
I took my children to see the movie about the bear. Paddington Bear. The one who kept me company along with Raggedy Anne. The one with warm eyes and polite conversation, the one who made teenage angst bearable, the one who came for a visit and decided to stay. Today, he brought my children the same joy I felt back then. They smiled and giggled, wanted to visit Peru, then London. We’re not going to Peru nor to London. They wished they had tried marmalade when I ate it. They also wanted their own Paddington bear to keep them company, now um, only if I could find one.
They have done such a good job with this film. It was classically British, from the cast to interpreting the story. A cast that includes Ben Wishaw as the fantastic young voice of Paddington, Hugh Bonneville – Mr Brown ( Lord Grantham from Downton Abbey, Hugh Grant’s friend in the wheel chair in Notting Hill) beautiful Sally Hawkins- Mrs Brown( Blue Jasmine, Persuasion) Nicole Kidman who plays a proper evil taxidermist. Julie Walters as Mrs Bird( Harry Potter, Brave, Mama Mia ) along with Imelda Staunton( recently in Maleficient Harry Potter) and Jim Broadbent, brings such love to the story. The producers of Harry Potter made it completely worthwhile.
The story begins with a 1940s explorer visiting darkest Peru, but the adventure truly begins when we find our lovely bear, alone and lost in Paddington station. This is the perfect family movie, the CGI is wonderful, Paddington is real in every sense of the word. I never imagined all those years ago they would even dream of bringing this bear to life. The story is warm, the humor is spot on for adults and children. Paddington who is really just a stranger in a new city, teaches children about being polite, kind and positive in spite of how rude and busy Londoners appear to be. He brings the whole family together. The set is delightful, the Browns house is warm with character. What I loved the most was how Paddington learned there were forty-two different ways of saying it’s raining in London.
Dear Paddington, you brought me such comfort when I was young. Today you made my children smile and tomorrow, you will warm the hearts of a whole new generation. I’ve always loved you and I’m sad, I lost you when I moved. I am now looking for a new bear, although I haven’t forgotten. I’m afraid you are not available except as a collector’s item. I hope I find you before long. I don’t think I can wait.