- Alternate Character Interpretation: When Millicent says "I've never stuffed a human before", is she actually willing to kill the Browns to get Paddington? Or is she bluffing in the hopes that they'll hand him over? The fact that she is earlier seen torturing someone and then possibly killing him via drowning does give her threat some credibility.
- And You Thought It Would Fail: Early trailers for the film focused on Toilet Humor and Paddington's Uncanny Valley look, and with Colin Firth dropping out many thought the film would flop. When it actually came out it got rave reviews from critics on both sides of the Atlantic for being not only a delightfully sincere family film but also staying very true to the spirit of the books. It was also a financial success, grossing over $259 million with a $55 million budget.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- This wouldnt be the last time a room in Sally Hawkins residence would be completely flooded with water.
- Peter Capaldi's and Matt Lucas's presence in this film can be this, when they both appeared in Doctor Who a year later.
- The fact that Colin Firth was the original actor cast as Paddington before Ben Whishaw replaced him, now that both actors have appeared in Mary Poppins Returns.
- Ho Yay: Paddington states the explorer named his Uncle Pastuzo after an "exotic wrestler he met in a bar once". He says this in a way that the explorer was quite taken with said boxer, accompanied by a shirtless picture of the man.
- Just Here for Godzilla: A good chunk of people came to watch the film mainly because Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi was in it.
- Memetic Mutation: Creepy Paddington.
- Moral Event Horizon: Millicent crosses it right off the bat with her desire to kill and stuff an obviously sentient animal. She takes it even further right at the end when she is completely willing to kill the entire Brown family in order to get to Paddington, commenting that she "never stuffed a human before."
- One-Scene Wonder:
- Jim Broadbent as Mr. Grueber the antique dealer. He's such an important supporting character in the books, that it be impossible to do an adaptation without him, and as a fellow immigrant he understands what Paddington is going through better than anyone else. That and his tea train he uses at Elevenses is really cool.
- The Royal Guard outside Buckingham Palace who takes pity on Paddington and offers him shelter from the rain, tea service and a sandwich that he keeps under his hat.
- Periphery Demographic: Although the film was made for children, there are a lot of adults fans who grew up with the character and love the film as well.
- Uncanny Valley: Paddington looks way too much like a real bear. Yet, some fans have been pleased to note that the facial expressions seen in the trailer look like they've been lifted directly from Peggy Fortnum's illustrations in the first book.
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Subverted. People were afraid this would be the case - as the trailers emphasised the Toilet Humour and got fans worried that it would be similar to Alvin and the Chipmunks or The Smurfs. But when the film came out, it turned out that the story was very faithful to the original material. The only major difference is a Setting Update, but even then the movie leaves the exact time period very vague.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Averted. The main reason why the film has become such a critical darling, is because unusually for a modern day kids' film there aren't any obnoxious characters for kids to mimic or any rude jokes to keep adults entertained. It's unashamedly a kids film that adults can enjoy too.
- Win the Crowd: Despite all the apprehension about the film, a new trailer that came out Halloween week which showcased Ben Whishaw's voice as Paddington, as well as an actual plot, won people over. Watch it here.
- The Woobie: Paddington. He loses his uncle, his home, and he's forced to go to a new country and hope for the charity of others to survive.
YMMV / Paddington