Film review: Paddington (PG)

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The iconic children’s TV character – via Michael Bond’s beloved novels – gets his first live-action movie from the producer of the Harry Potter films.

It chronicles the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear – voiced by Skyfall’s Ben ‘Q’ Whimshaw, who took over when Colin Firth departed the project – who travels to London in search of a home.

But when he ends up alone, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined, until the kind Brown family – including Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins – offer him a temporary haven after finding him at Paddington Station.

It then looks like the newly-named Paddington’s luck has changed – until he catches the eye of Nicole Kidman’s evil museum taxidermist due to his rare bear status.