Bravo to the bear - catch Paddington at Royston’s Picture Palace this week
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There’s a touch of Paddington mania creeping in at Royston’s Picture Palace this week – despite laying on four screenings of the feelgood family hit, demand for tickets has proved so strong that an additional show has been arranged.
The Paddington programme now includes Friday (7.30pm), Saturday (12.30pm, 3.30pm and 7.30pm) and Sunday (5pm) to make sure as many people as possible have a chance to catch this charmer.
Before the film based on Michael Bond’s stories about a marmalade munching bear coming to live with a London family was released there was a question mark over the project – critics worried that a big budget treatment might overpower the gentle tales, Colin Firth famously backed out of being the voice of the bear because he doubted that he was right for the role – but as soon as it hit the screen it was hailed as a winner.
It not only found favour with critics – it turned out to be one of the biggest British box office hits of 2014 and featured on multiplex programmes for weeks.
It’s easy to see why – with Ben Whishaw installed as the voice of our hero, and sterling support from the likes of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Matt Lucas – as well as a cameo for the author himself, now heading towards his 90th birthday and popping up credited as ‘kindly gentleman’ in the cast list – it has something to appeal to all ages, a genuine family film that repays repeated viewing to appreciate the combination of simple storytelling and stunning special effects.
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