Paddington is a very old school family film, which is a good thing. It doesn’t meddle with juvenile humor or cheap gags–save for maybe a brief wall-scaling incident. But it remains honest to its purpose of bringing the beloved book series to life on the big screen without sacrificing its integrity for a “21st century touch”.
Yeah, sure, it’s completely predictable, but we really don’t care. Paddington is just too lovable and this story is just so sweet and innocent. And there aren’t really any concerning plot holes, which are common in films of this nature.
I did notice that it borrows heavily–whether intentionally or not–from 1992’s Beethoven. However, that film was so long ago that Paddington still receives it’s own identity from having such a great backstory and a charming lead.
Most of all, the movie never tries to be anything that it’s not. It’s classy and refreshing.