Paddington is much more than a film

HARARE - Paddington, the top United Kingdom (UK) movie which premiered in Harare just before Christmas, is a riveting tour through brightly lit London in one and a half hours.

It is a view of London in the eyes of a little brown Bear called Paddington, an iconic child literature fictional character touted as the most famous bear in English history.

Directed by Harry Potter producer Paul King, the movie revolves around a young bear which leaves Peru for London after a deadly earthquake ravages his home. The young bear (Ben Whishaw) dubbed "Paddington," is sheltered by the family of Henry Brown (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). After adapting well to urban living and in the process endearing himself to the Browns, the young bear has to contend with a taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) who has designs on his rare Peruvian hide.

Paddington is an unusually polite character who addresses people respectfully as Mr and Mrs. He also has a huge appetite for marmalade (fruit jam as well as his inflicting stare that makes many people very uncomfortable. Paddington is better known because of his signature dress code of a timeworn red hat, shabby suitcase and a blue coat

The movie takes us to several key cultural British landmarks which include the Docks of Tibury in Essex, by which the young bear enters the British capital city, Paddington Railway Terminus where the young bear was found, Hatfield House of Hertfordshire and the Windsor Gardens.

The exciting way in which Paddington showcases various locations in London makes it much more than a mere film. It is a work of art that sells the city of London visually; a feast of cuisines made up of visual dishes of various London landmarks.

Paddington, which first hit the UK cinemas on November 28 and is set to enter the big United States of America on January 16 next year, is based on a story created by Michael Bond whose books have sold 35 million copies worldwide since 1958.

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