After days of grieving, I found myself needing some sort of warmth to cure this depressing phase. Some would say any entertaining content should be avoided, but I feel like there are too many tear-jerking articles on the internet right now that some heart-warming content in necessary for the mental well-being of everyone.
There are many warm-hearted movies out there, but none of them warm my heart as much as this movie, Paddington.
“How do you do? I’m just looking for a home.”
It’s a story of one Peruvian bear on an adventurous quest from the Darkest Peru to London to find ‘home’. And in his search for home, he and the audience have learned the true meaning of ‘family’.
The Brown family found him sitting lonely at the underground train station and decided to take him in for a night. Mrs. Brown also gave him an English name, Paddington.
This film will impress you with many thoughts but most of all it’s that every home should have a marmalade day!
Forgetting how to treat strangers.
Paddington traveled the world with his aunt, Lucy’s promise that “They will not have forgotten how to treat strangers.” However, Lucy’s knowledge of the outside world seems a little bit not updated. Or maybe it’s because our generation has grown less and less civilized.
I, personally, have no idea why, when and how we have become this way. But gradually, with the technology and the importance of finance, people have turned cold to one another. ‘Turn the other cheek’ would be the phrase appropriated for 21 century’s preferred socializing ways.
Even though humans are supposed to be social animals, we have changed into a more selfish kind of race. People won’t care about anything that won’t affect them. This is the scary world we live in now. The world Paddington is not prepared for.
Responsibility changes people
One of the points in this film specifies how Mr. and Mrs. Brown was such a wild couple before their first child. Like every young people, they enjoy risks, party, music, and adventure. And although they have promised each other that nothing would change that characteristic of them, everything changed with their first child born.
Mr. Brown turns into this calculative and boring father who always stress over little things. Mrs. Brown has also changed into one normal housewife. If the two weren’t talking about their old days, the audience would not possibly imagine that they could live that way in the past.
This is the same for many families. Children accuse their parents of being boring and strict. Some say their parents don’t understand them. Some even protest against their parents.
What most of us don’t understand is that our parents are normal human like us. There were times when they used to be like us too. But we change them. We are the reason they started thinking of responsibility, making life plans and stop playing around.
So before complaining about our parents –next time, try to understand them and imagine what they have to let go… in order to take care of us.
What it’s like to be home.
“It’s hard to see where a bear could ever belong
in such a strange, cold city.”
Not any house or any place that you stay in can be considered a home. As the film put it, “A home is more than the roof over your head.” There is this one specific thing about a home which is the feeling of comfort, love, and warmth.
The sense of belonging. That’s what makes a proper home.
No matter how much the Browns try to deny it, they need Paddington as much as he needs them. Paddington helps recall the youthfulness of Mr. and Mrs. Brown and also glues this family together. The Browns also care for Paddington very much.
This family-love based relationship between Paddington and the Browns is what really make Paddington’s home.
And all the audience is glad and thankful for Paddington to find one loving home. Because that symbolizes the hope that everyone has equal chances of a happy ending.
“everyone is different,
and that means anyone can fit in.”