It's a decision that I proudly stand by, and I wouldn't change for all the marmalade in the world. With a decidedly British stiff upper lip in the face of disaster, Paddington insists, "If you're kind and polite, the world will be right".
And there is fun to be had, by the bucketful, throughout "Paddington 2", as this resourceful bear lands in trouble and works, in tandem with his loving family, to get out of it. It's the cinematic embodiment of pure, undiluted joy and goodwill made for a world desperately in need of both.
Paddington 2 is every bit as delightful, charming and moving as its predecessor, returning us to the slightly cartoonish London we first saw three years ago and giving the friendly little bear (a CG creation voiced with ideal diction by Ben Whishaw) new challenges to overcome, new friends to make and a seemingly impossible goal: finding a birthday present for his Aunt Lucy. While searching for the flawless present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. Unfortunately, a problematic situation arises with a narcissistic down on his luck fair entertainer (Hugh Grant) who robs the antique shop of the pop-up book, framing Paddington in the process.
However, a mean old yesteryear actor (played by Hugh Grant) and dog food ambassador also sets his eyes on the book.
His new family is made up of nice people: Father Henry Brown (Hugh Bonneville), mother Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins), his brother Jonathan Brown (Samuel Joslin), and Sister Judy Brown (Madeleine Harris). The script by King and co-writer Simon Farnaby is rich enough that it hums even when Paddington is not on screen, and the whole enterprise is so whimsical and, well, British, that it feels like being whisked away to a different place. Those quibbles, however, are only minor distractions from the overall fun to be had here. Paddington (voice of Ben Whishaw) has really settled into his new home. Will Lucy get her present or...something even better? Paddington adores the Browns, and the feeling is definitely mutual. It's because these self-righteous, entitled ingrates see themselves as the centre of the universe, and Paddington as a distraction from their self-worth. "Paddington 2" is a welcome gift for families at the dawn of 2018, especially at a time when good movie options start to feel a little thin. Based on the children's stories of the same name by Michael Bond, "Paddington" and "Paddington 2" tell the story of Paddington, a friendly bear from Peru, now based in London.
In Paddington 2 even the bad guy (whose identity is best left for you to discover) is courteous and charming rather than the stereotypical mustache twirling villain with a master plan you see in kids' films. Words can't do King's visuals justice, and they're created to be seen on the biggest canvas possible. These scenes are a showcase for cinematographer Erik Wilson, who has clearly been studying his Wes Anderson, and once the commissary becomes a confectionery, all the inmates get to dip in and out of the frame so they're in on the joke. Hugh Bonneville's performance is quite gripping considering the role is not essentially meaty. Brown's ongoing mid-life crisis.
To repeat the exact same trait of goodness is not the best idea as there is not much to explore in a positive character.
"Paddington 2" is a winsome confection.
How often do you see a sequel that is better still than the original film?
Hitting theaters on Friday, the sequel to 2014′s smash "Paddington" thankfully (North American distribution rights were sold to Warner Bros.) to bring us another story about, voiced by Ben Whishaw.