Escape to the Movies: Paddington - Surprisingly Bearable

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Paddington - Surprisingly Bearable

Shocking, I know, but it's actually quite good. Marmalade sandwiches for everyone.

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Rotten Tomatoes, Marter and Bob all pointing towards Paddington and giving it praise. I'm still a little dumbstruck by this, this is the kind of thing that doesn't happen. This is like hearing that Uncharted has a genuinely good story.

Looks cute. I'll check it out when I can.

I'm not surprised in the least the trailer if kid friendly looked well put together. I knew it would at least be entertaining. As far as the marvel thing is concerned they've been losing characters right and left I think it was no brainer that they were needing to do some house cleaning. Also the art on the latest amazing x-men #35 is amazing. I wish all comics looked like this.

I guess they made a solid decision when they replaced Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington (originally cast for his "bearish" voice). I was afraid the casting would be a downgrade.

It seems like The Escapist's IT is already experiencing problems after the blood-letting. I the quote button isn't working in my Chrome browser, and the video won't play (although the side-bar ads still work).

Off-topic, but Elizabeth Harper is still mentioned in the credits. Sad to see her go, but life moves on.

I need advice for watching the video. It won't respond when I click it, there's no player. It's happening with all the videos on this site.

I've usually had no trouble with this, though I did recently let my computer update to windows 8.1 from windows 8, which made some slight changes to my IE browser. Any advice?

[edit] Also the comment box for typing in is ridiculously small. It's only tall enough for two lines.

Another week, another "Dark Knight Rises sucks" reference. Why don't you shake things up a bit and start referencing the new Ninja Turtles for awkward backstories and over-realism?

For the record it has not snowed like that in London for years (and rarely does).

While I did grew up knowing Paddington but I too didn't expect it to be good either.

Mark B:
For the record it has not snowed like that in London for years (and rarely does).

Even if it snows say about half a foot the country shuts down and panic because we weren't prepared.

HemalJB:
Another week, another "Dark Knight Rises sucks" reference. Why don't you shake things up a bit and start referencing the new Ninja Turtles for awkward backstories and over-realism?

Y'missed the point, I think. He wasn't criticising the film itself; he was mentioning the recent tendency to over-analyse franchises (like Batman) that rely on a certain level of suspension of disbelief.

I'm really annoyed how trailers seem to keep depicting things as far worse than they are - this one looked godawful and the January stigma didn't help. I know they can't give everything away and they can only explain so much, but it's to the point where you could end up missing something special.

like that the actor playing the 12th doctor was in it, but yes its a great remake of old series of stuff from back in the day, which seems to be hit and miss lately cause they grab anything that they are able shove into a movie or a series and completely neglect any of the original idea be hind the thing they are using for that tv show/movie. however i think they did pull that movie off well.

Quelle fuckage...

I still don't know if I can bear (pardon the pun) to see this movie in a full priced theater, but damned if the critical response hasn't been all but unanimous.

All I can say is whoever was responsible for the trailers needs to never work in the industry again.

I've been looking at this film with an impending sense of woe in the assumption that it'll be as terrible as the Magic Roundabout film from a couple of years ago... but it really is pretty good. The marketing from this film really did it a major disservice.

Callate:
Quelle fuckage...

I still don't know if I can bear (pardon the pun) to see this movie in a full priced theater, but damned if the critical response hasn't been all but unanimous.

All I can say is whoever was responsible for the trailers needs to never work in the industry again.

Agreed. Even with the almost unanimous praise the film is getting, I have a hard time believing it could be any good because the trailers make it look AWFUL.

Callate:
Quelle fuckage...

I still don't know if I can bear (pardon the pun) to see this movie in a full priced theater, but damned if the critical response hasn't been all but unanimous.

All I can say is whoever was responsible for the trailers needs to never work in the industry again.

Seconded - I totally assumed this was Magic Roundabout all over again.

ryukage_sama:
It seems like The Escapist's IT is already experiencing problems after the blood-letting. I the quote button isn't working in my Chrome browser, and the video won't play (although the side-bar ads still work).

Khanht Cope:
[edit] Also the comment box for typing in is ridiculously small. It's only tall enough for two lines.

I was having these issues last week. I briefly wondered if someone had seen my snarky comment about JavaScript not working on someone's tablet and decided to IP block me from accessing their JavaScript files to see how I like it. But it seems to be happening on and off for a bunch of people lately.

This reminds me of your review of Real Steel. You know, in that it was a movie you expected to hate, but then you saw it and it was good. Is that a thing? Do we need to come up with a name for this type of movie? I would love to hear what "genre" we would call this.

WarpedLord:

Callate:
Quelle fuckage...

I still don't know if I can bear (pardon the pun) to see this movie in a full priced theater, but damned if the critical response hasn't been all but unanimous.

All I can say is whoever was responsible for the trailers needs to never work in the industry again.

Agreed. Even with the almost unanimous praise the film is getting, I have a hard time believing it could be any good because the trailers make it look AWFUL.

Exactly. That whole "cleaning your ears with a guys toothbrush" almost made me throw up. It's Hotel Transylvania or The Croods all over again(another kids films where they advertised it as another crappy kids film and milked one scene in the ads and it turns out to be good).

angel85:
This reminds me of your review of Real Steel. You know, in that it was a movie you expected to hate, but then you saw it and it was good. Is that a thing? Do we need to come up with a name for this type of movie? I would love to hear what "genre" we would call this.

I call it Crood syndrome when I talk to others about it. A movie is hyped on one or two scenes that ads will milk to the point where people will think "those must be the only good scenes" and skip it. In The Croods, the sloth going "DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN" was this. Yet people that saw it were like, "This is actually good".

Um. File this under Nit, For Picking Of, Spelling.

"Surprisingly Bearable" is correct and mostly in place, but I'm still seeing "Surprisingly Bareable" (front page, large display, text under small menu preview below large display, mouseover text on small menu preview)

I thought the film was relatively decent but the ratio of kid to adult friendly content felt skewed and haphazard at best. I agree with Bob on his analysis of toning it down or having more toned down moments in between.

What I cannot reconcile with is that the taxidermist is almost identical to a horror character (written by a person with a medical background) who has no qualms about preforming un-anesthetized vivisections FOR SCIENCE!!!(even the hair reminded me a little bit of her's) Being able to appreciate the more horrific aspects of what was implied made those scenes particularly uncomfortable, especially given

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Overall a decent film but not something I would go out of my way to watch again.

angel85:
This reminds me of your review of Real Steel. You know, in that it was a movie you expected to hate, but then you saw it and it was good. Is that a thing? Do we need to come up with a name for this type of movie? I would love to hear what "genre" we would call this.

I'd call them "Unexpected Pleasant Surprises" (patent pending).

OT: I sort of remember Paddington from when I was in England as a kid. I think I'm now well outside this movie's target demo.

Now for Marvel and Secret Wars, why the recycling of old event names? And for that matter, why are they charging into yet ANOTHER event right after AXIS? They used to give us some breathing room in between events to catch onto the new status-quo, before (inevitably) changing it again next year.

RaikuFA:

WarpedLord:

Callate:
Quelle fuckage...

I still don't know if I can bear (pardon the pun) to see this movie in a full priced theater, but damned if the critical response hasn't been all but unanimous.

All I can say is whoever was responsible for the trailers needs to never work in the industry again.

Agreed. Even with the almost unanimous praise the film is getting, I have a hard time believing it could be any good because the trailers make it look AWFUL.

Exactly. That whole "cleaning your ears with a guys toothbrush" almost made me throw up. It's Hotel Transylvania or The Croods all over again(another kids films where they advertised it as another crappy kids film and milked one scene in the ads and it turns out to be good).

A better example would be Arthur Christmas. GOD, what I'd give for that movie to have been advertised properly.

OT: Well that's a surprise. Might check it out.

Good to hear.
I have no real emotional ties to Paddington, mainly recall seeing the stop animation shorts during my youth while watching Nick Jr. with you younger relatives. I wasn't exactly eager to see this, but I'm glad to hear it wasn't another Alvin & The Chipmunks/Smurfs/Garfield style abortion.

While we're touching on old British children's books turned TV shorts...I'd kinda like to see Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings. Seems like there's a lot of fun to be had with that premise.

I saw the preview a year or so ago and thought gee they did not rape this IP to death so it should be okay at best. I was right!... Still dislike MOS and the Noland Batman films there might have been holes in Green Lantern but sheesh it was not a disjumbalbed train wreck or trying so hard to be needlessly different than the IP.....

wait, what? its actually watchable? i only saw the trailer and i didnt find anything in it funny. not a single person was laughing either. guess its one of these movies were i wait until its really cheap to get. unless a shop opens up near my place to rent movies.

Count me among those who can't figure out how a movie with that cringe- and nausea-inducing slapstick scene from the trailers can be good.

This is why we keep you around, Bob. Fuck knows I never would have watched this on my own and, evidently, I would have been missing out. Thank you.

angel85:
This reminds me of your review of Real Steel. You know, in that it was a movie you expected to hate, but then you saw it and it was good. Is that a thing? Do we need to come up with a name for this type of movie? I would love to hear what "genre" we would call this.

I agree there should be some sort of a formal name for this sort of thing.

Loved the movie, and actually really liked the trailer, too - if anything, having the bathroom scene without dialogue made it funnier. (I know, I know, I'm in the minority.) I was heartened (and relieved) to see that the big-screen treatment of a character I've loved my entire life did such a good job of staying true to who he was and also making him accessible to people who've never encountered him before.

Plus, the (calypso?) band was fun. :)

Does anyone else think that the villain sounds like they just took Cruella Deville and put her into a Paddigton story. One of the things I really liked about the old Paddigton books was the lack of an antagonist. As a child who grew up with Malificent, Cruellla, Jafar, etc it was nice to have a children's story that didn't have a bad guy.

When America does an unnecessary remake of a bear story, we get the loud, obnoxious and creatively bankrupt Yogi bear (2010).
When the UK does an unnecessary remake of a bear story, we get a charming, simple and even smart Paddington bear.

But on the other hand, Paddington was at its core much more sophisticated and intelligent both as a book and an animated series, than Yogi bear was as just a crummy, unfunny cartoon. (Seriously, those Hannah Barbara cartoons weren't as funny as you think they are.) So maybe the comparison wasn't fair from the start.

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