On this week’s episode, we discuss why our hearts were warmed by the wonderful Paddington films. Our answers are wild and spurred much debate, particularly around marmalade.
This episode features Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney, Executive Editor Orla Smith, Associate Editor Brett Pardy, and special guest Lena Wilson.
Paddington (Paul King, 2014)
A young bear (later dubbed Paddington, voiced by Ben Whishaw) travels from Peru to London looking for a new home. He finds one by winning over the Brown family, parents Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary (Sally Hawkins) and children Judy (Madeleine Harris) and Jonathan (Samuel Joslin). However, London is also home to sinister taxidermist Millicent (Nicole Kidman), who wants to add Paddington to a museum’s permanent collection…
Paddington 2 (Paul King, 2017)
Paddington is framed for the theft of a rare pop-up book he had shown interest in purchasing for his aunt as a birthday present. Paddington is sent to prison and the Browns must clear his name and catch the real culprit, Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), a self-important actor who refuses to work with others.
- Paddington 2 was our 29th best film of the decade. What finished ahead of it? Find out here.
- Listen to Lena’s first appearance on the podcast, when she joined us to discuss Francis Lee’s Gods Own Country and Ammonite.
- Follow Lena on Tiktok @neilsmom
- Read Alex’s 2014 review of Lilting, starring Whishaw
Where to Watch
- Paddington is available on VOD and streaming on Netflix in Canada and Prime in the UK
- Paddington 2 is available on VOD and streaming on Netflix in Australia