Early Man

“Early Man” is the latest entry from the makers of the Wallace and Gromit team. They’re sort of claymation for the New Age. This time it’s about a bunch of cavemen vs. people from the Bronze Age. The cavemen are English, primitive and happy while the Bronze Age citizens are advanced and preoccupied with material things. And the whole premise is about soccer. The humor is very British and cute. The animation, which is stop motion, is unique and I find it interesting. Not a great film, but enjoyable and fine for children.

Paddington 2

I enjoyed “Paddington” when it came out a few years ago. It was witty, smart and cute, the perfect family movie. I especially liked the English humor, not Monty Python but more Winnie the Pooh. So, I went to see its sequel, appropriately titled “Paddington 2”. I figured it would be a continuation of the charm of the first one or a dud. Well it pretty much followed the first one, though there were parts of it that were sappy. The added casting of Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson livened things up. Paddington is still the naive bear who only sees the good in everyone to comic results. The technology is flawless in bringing him to life. You really think of him as a person. Grant overacts, but it is what the part calls for since he plays a washed up ham actor. Enjoyable, light, G-rated. A bit of fluff. Perfect for kids. If you are looking for sophisticated drama, stay away.