As this opened on Friday and has had good reviews, I'm starting a thread; I expect some here will be seeing it, though perhaps with young relatives.
No-one here will understand my logic but I really, really wanted to see The Florida Project (which I know wasn't universally popular with those who saw it at the LFF recently), but as there were no London performances I could fit in before a 2.30 pm matinee, I saw this instead, and as a friend says about films she takes her god-children to see "It didn't hurt at all."
Obviously the audience was composed mainly of families (and was the busiest I've ever seen at a London Curzon on a Saturday morning), but there were some unaccompanied adults and the audience behaviour was generally far better than you might expect - just one young person, who might have had a health condition, calling out at intervals.
The main reason which persuaded me to see this was the favourable comments about Hugh Grant's performance, which I did indeed enjoy, and for anyone going, stay for the extra sequence during the credits if you can.
Well I know it's an unlikely choice for me - though I did explain - but I'm still amazed that so far, no-one else here admits to seeing it. Though I'm sure some have... You know what you're getting so are unlikely to be surprised or disappointed, and that in itself is something in its favour.
Oh of course I've seen it, wild horses couldn't have kept me away. I just don't have anything to say about it except as a theatre fan it appealed to me in very specific ways EVEN MORE than the first one, and I wept buckets. Long may the franchise continue!
Empire Magazine did a spoiler special podcast. It's a 40-minute interview with the director and writer and then 20 minutes of the podcast team saying 'oh, it's lovely!' and talking about the bits that made them cry. 😂
I had an issue with the first one in that organs like the Guardian were celebrating it as a film with a message that was bound to p-ss off UKIP types, yet it depicted a 21st Century London that - in its speaking roles - was entirely white. The filmmakers even overruled the author's own wish that the actor playing Mr Gruber be "foreign". So it genuflected towards notions of welcoming migrants and refugees whilst selling a whitewashed fake London akin to that of those Hugh Grant Romcoms in the 1990s. I understand the sequel has a more diverse cast, and about bloody time!
Saw this yesterday and loved it! I agree with many of the critics that it's possibly better than the first (which is one of the best films in recent years in general). It's adorable (ador-a-bear-le) without being saccharine, and a 'family' film that genuinely everyone can enjoy.
I love also the detail in the Paddington animation- he has hat hair (fur) for example. And Whishaw's performance is adorable. "On juicy orange. Two juicy orange...'
Nice to see Capaldi still had time while Who-ing to rock up. Lovely supporting cast as well. Long reign the Bear.
Agree with all of the above. Such a lovely film and lots of genuinely laugh out loud moments. Ben Whishaw is just perfect for the voice of Paddington and Hugh Grant was so much fun. Loved all of the little touches, such as the photos of the real Hugh Grant all over his character’s house and the animated sequences were very well done. Left wanting to see it all over again!
Post by cleopatraskryker on Nov 18, 2017 20:26:29 GMT
Saw this with my niece this afternoon. We both loved it. Younger kids in the audience were squealing with delight and adults seemed very appreciative. A film that celebrates community and the inclusion of outsiders. It has a big heart.