To prolong that festive holiday feeling we went to the cinema en famille yesterday. It’s rare that we can find a film that Mum, Dad, two teenage boys and our 8-year-old ‘extra girly, fashion loving, happily ever after seeking’ daughter all want to see – but this time we had the perfect candidate … Paddington. It was a wonderful mixture of cute, funny, magical, nostalgic, a bit Christmassy, not too schmultzy. Completely, definitely my new favourite film.
It’s a film –
- about how a pair of dust busters can save your life,
- which features the glorious Julie Walters ‘not being surprised at anything since the invention of the microwave’,
- which introduces the game of playing Top Trumps with the ingredients list on a packet of your favourite biscuits,
- which reminds us of the importance of always having emergency rations under your hat … BIG hat = BIG rations,
- starring Nicole Kidman as a leopard-skin-wearing, evil cat burglar taxidermist,
- headlining marmalade sandwiches … and the occasional meat paste ones.
But most crucially, it’s a film about home and the importance of being made to feel welcome in a new home – ‘in London nobody’s alike, which means everyone fits in’ … that gets top marks for a beautiful sentiment from me.
Oh yes, and it’s also a film about how every family should have a Marmalade Day once a year….