Paddington (2017) – Film Review

I hope you don’t mind us throwing the occasional film review on the blog, we might continue with it if you guys like it! I watched the film Paddington with my family this Easter and oh my word it is such a lovely film! It’s filled with fun, laughs and good old English wit! We had such a wonderful time watching this film, it’s one of those films that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside…

The film is a beautiful retelling of the classic story of Paddington Bear, for those of you who weren’t read this sweet childhood story before bed it’s about a plucky young bear from darkest Peru who decides to pack his bags full of marmalade and travel to London where he is taken in by a slightly dysfunctional family, who, through Paddington, learn to be slightly less dysfunctional.

This film is jam-packed full of very famous British faces who include Hugh Bonneville, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas. As you can probably tell from just a few of the cast this film is acted incredibly well. Also, the script is amazingly written with witty lines and generally hilarious moments that this slightly mischievous bear gets up to.

But this film isn’t just for children as you might be thinking, both myself and my parents genuinely loved this film as it was written with a certain type of humour that would fly over children’s heads but we, being older and have a better understanding of the world understand. But there are also some tense moments as there is a ‘badie’ figure of a Taxidermist played by Nichole Kidman (told you it was a good cast!) with some incredibly close shaves for young Paddington Bear!

This is the perfect film for any occasion and is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face, but if you’ve seen it and disagree I would love to hear why in the comments! I’m going to rate this film a five out of five stars * * * * *, I honestly cannot fault it, it’s just beautiful but for you to make your own decision I’ll leave the link to the trailer here.

Girl Online – Zoe Sugg

AHHHHHHHH (in a good way)

As most of you probably know, Zoe Sugg or Zoella, is a famous YouTube star with over 6 million subscribers, her beauty, fashion and fun videos engage a nation of fans (including me). A while ago she announced she was writing a fictional book, a life ambition of hers that she can now cross off her bucket list (lucky bugger). As a big fan of hers I was SO EXCITED, so when I unwrapped this on Christmas day I squealed internally (or I might have squealed out loud, I can’t quite remember). Some of you may think that this review might be biased because I’m a big fan of her videos, it honestly isn’t, and if I hated this book (which CERTAINLY is NOT the case) I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you.

So to the book. It is about a young 15 year old girl called Penny living in Brighton and struggling with friendship changes, recently occurring panic attacks and general teenage life. Penny’s only comfort is her family, her best friend Elliot and her anonymous blog (so I’m blogging about a book about blogging. Inception.) On her blog she talks about all the things that she feels she can’t speak about out loud. At Christmas her parents get an amazing job opportunity in New York so they all fly out for a few days. Whilst in New York Penny meets Noah, a beautifully cheek-boned young man *swoons* *wolf whistles* *winks*.

I would describe this book is with one simple word. Adorable. At the beginning Penny’s life is just so relatable, I understood everything that happened as most every girl struggles with these problems on a daily basis. On multiple occasions I found myself grinning from ear to ear whilst flapping my hands around (I’m sure you can relate) it was just so cute and sweet and all things that a girl would want to happen to them and it was just so ‘awwh’ worthy that you almost want to explode…

This book was such an easy read that I read it in one day, I honestly couldn’t put it down and even when I wanted to, I tried to find a reason why I should, on every occasion I came up with nothing. There was a beautiful twist at the end, which I was half expecting, but I was expecting more of a ‘bear right’ than a full on ‘hair pin turn’. I really like that I was surprised.Overall I genuinely adored this book, it’s now one of my absolute favourites!

Although there has been this big scandal about it being ghost written, I still love it and it’s still a fantastic read, although I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, whether you’ve read the book or are thinking of reading it pop your opinion in the comments.

Anyhow I’m giving this an amazing 5 out of 5 stars * * * * *.

One of the best books I’ve read all year! (and that’s saying something!)