Netflixing: Paddington

in movies •  2 years ago 

Mr. Devil's Advocate tries again to write a Netflix review.

"Queue" is a word that wasn't used in America for a long time.

But Netflix has changed all that, as the things you watch are delivered to you in a sort of "queue", which Mr. Horne put together before his little mishap.

So, after a bizarre but ultimately successful review last week. I moved on to the next item in the queue, which turned out to be a dark comedy called Paddington.

Because Everybody Likes Dark Humor

Whether it be Arsenic and Old Lace or Fargo or Sweeney Todd, dark comedies automatically have a kind of ghoulish charm that those of the legal profession can instantly get behind. There are a lot of laughs to be found in violence and sin, as well as a great deal of profit to be made. And celebrating that fact through cinema is a no brainer.

And it gives me no small pleasure to say that Paddington carries on this tradition with a rictus smile to the audience, as it delves into sinister themes.

The Story

Paddington is a story about the world's most incompetent taxidermist.

Played with gravitas by Nicole Kidman, Millicent is the director of the Museum of Natural History in London, who enjoys killing and stuffing all the specimens herself and is unafraid to illegally collect protected species. Her love affair with her work borders on the obscene, as she eagerly hunts down her most coveted prize: an undiscovered species of bear cursed with the power of speech.

Her incompetence is displayed in the fact that she wants to stuff the bear, which would keep it from speaking, thus rendering her accomplishment moot. That the film does not address this contradiction is its most glaring shortcoming.

One such bear arrives in London and tempts his way into the home of a sympathetic family, as a seemingly benign house guest. But as soon as they bring him under their roof, bizarre events start to plague the family. Strange floods and fires creep up without warning, and the long neglected dollhouse in the attic comes strangely to life in horrifying ways.

Millicent is a hardened killer, yet this possessed prey may prove too hot for her to handle. It is capable of strange feats, and disaster seems to follow it around like a plague rising from its marmalade-coated footprints.

In the end, it is a battle of wits between a psychopathic killer and a supernatural horror. With the lives of five innocent people caught between them. Whoever wins this fight, these bystanders are sure to lose.

The Cinematography

Great horror cinematography is a dying art.

As such, it was a pleasant surprise to see how creatively the scenes were shot in Paddington. Just looking at these images, you can almost feel the dread wafting off them. And their inclusion elevated what would have been a mediocre film into one that is truly deserving of high praise.

But then, it's all to easy to make Paddington Bear frightening. He's a bear, after all. And any scene that includes him is automatically bone chilling.

My Judgment

Paddington is one of the creepiest movies on Netflix. It is suitable for all lovers of nightmare fuel, but probably not for children.

Watch it to destroy your sense of rightness with the universe and feel the crushing existential dread creep into your bedroom at night, while also being able to laugh yourself silly at the inescapable madness of it all.

You won't regret it.

Previous entries in the Netflixing series:

Past Years

TV Shows

  • Little Evil
  • The Punisher
  • Bitcoin Heist
  • Stranger Things
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • The Saint (2017)
  • Neo Yokio
  • Portlandia, Season 7
  • InuYasha
  • The Good Place
  • The Defenders
  • Documentary Now
  • Samurai Gourmet
  • Castlevania
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Sherlock, Series 4
  • The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 3
  • The Twilight Zone (1963)
  • The IT Crowd
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
  • Archer, Season 7
  • One-Punch Man
  • Iron Fist
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Keeping Up Appearances
  • Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special
  • Hunter x Hunter (2011)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Luke Cage
  • The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Movies

  • The Waterboy
  • April and the Extraordinary World
  • The Babadook
  • Death Note (2017)
  • Banking on Bitcoin
  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
  • The Third Man
  • Young Frankenstein
  • The Last Unicorn
  • Toys
  • Escape from New York
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Silver Streak
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • The Angry Birds Movie
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    Seen it aswell. A realy nice story and well directed movie. Tnx for your review!


    I remember enjoying this movie with the kid.

    awesome movie thanks for share.

    Thank you @talanhorne for sharing this post

    fantastic movie nice to read upvoted.

    Excellent post thanks for sharing @talanhorne
    Upvote and restreemed this post @talanhorne

    i will definitely not regret it for sure if you say so lets check this one out too

    This article is professional & Excellent writing . so great experience.
    Thanks @talanhorne
    100% like and resteem

    I rented this movie with my kids and was expecting to just look at my phone the whole time. I was so wrong. I was shocked at how entertaining it was. My 11 and 9 year old 9at the time ) really liked it too. I think it was just ridiculous enough to not upset them.

    wow bro that was excellently written nice review :)

    haha would love to watch this one with my friends : )

    Clear Netflix review @talanhorne. Successful work. Go ahead with my resteemed.

    Excellent review to check this out thanks for sharing :)

    Awesome article to check today
    Thanks for sharing this review

    Congratulations @talanhorne
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    Exceptional review about Paddington movie...!!!

    50% Upvoted by @MinnowsPower

    excellent movie review & impressive post @talanhorne

    reteemed & upvoted & commented & followed

    Nicole Kidman there. That's enough ;) Excellent movie review.

    ~Followed & Upvoted

    Fantastic work great review skills thanks for sharing this

    great writing , i liked.......thanks for sharing

      ·  2 years ago (edited)

    It's time to watch it. You reviewed it nicely. Good job~

    I read Paddington story summery from your post. I think its horrible story. Ghost events entire here. Thank you.

    My dear friend...I think this movie is good for my family...specialy my kids...
    Smart and complete movie review...
    Wel done...

    @talanhorne - Oh Sir, this is horrible then....
    'Watch it to destroy your sense of rightness with the universe and feel the crushing existential dread creep into your bedroom at night, while also being able to laugh yourself silly at the inescapable madness of it all.'
    Nice you decided to share this excellent review of the movie Sir....

    +W+ [UpVoted & ReSteemed]

    good writing @talanhorne. Thanks foe sharing. like and following.

      ·  2 years ago Reveal Comment

    i will always support you man!!

    That's great horrible movie. Better explain it.
    Up-Voted & Re-Steemed.

    This is the best one!! I think its horrible story.
    its too good!!
    (((( Resteem Service)))))

    Greatly narrated about this movie thanks it is an awesome post

    time for some scary night with this one

    This is great post. very interesting movie and good I think.
    have a great day

    i loved its ingenuity and the way you presented it nice

    Nice judgement on this one i might be watching this

    Hello @talanhorne,

    Extraordinary good writing about a nice movie & reviewed it well.


    I will try to get the HD torrent of this one! Thanks for sharing this great review about it!


      ·  2 years ago Reveal Comment

    My dear friend very nice writing and greet work.This movie is fantastic.Movie was very horrible.My brother seen your last photo and he very afraid.Your first photo looking very funny

      ·  2 years ago Reveal Comment