1. It's not just for kids
This is the kind of film that all generations will enjoy; from adults who grew up reading the Paddington books to their children who are getting to know him for the first time. At the screening I went to everyone of all ages was laughing along throughout the whole film.
2. There's a back story
I love that the beginning of the film is set in darkest Peru where we get to see Paddington at home with his aunt and uncle and learn the reason behind his journey to London. And the reason for his love of marmalade sandwiches!
3. They're all in it
It's one of those films where you keep going 'oh it's him from that television programme' 'and it's her from that film we watched the other day.' The stellar cast includes Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and even a small cameo appearance by the author of the books, Michael Bond.
4. Old fashioned slapstick and hi jinks
There's confusion over escalators, tooth brushes, bathtubs and sellotape. There are races and chases through a jolly London filled with black cabs, double decker buses and pastel coloured houses. And there's the best scene which is a whole reason in itself to go and watch the film...
5. Hugh Bonneville (aka Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey) dressed as a cleaning ladyDo you really need any more of a reason than that!
Have you seen the Paddington movie yet? Do you want to see it?