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Paddington 2 is a warm and fuzzy joy

12 January 2018

This time around, Paddington, voiced by Ben Whishaw, is happily settled with his family, the Browns, in Windsor Gardens and has become an esteemed member of their community. When the antiques shop owner Mr. Gruber (a returning Jim Broadbent, delighted to be here) shows Paddington a rare pop-up book of London, he decides it will be the ideal gift for his Aunt Lucy (voiced by Imelda Staunton) on the occasion of her 100th birthday, and has his heart set on purchasing it.

If the protagonist washing windows with his behind seems much more in keeping with the Paddington spirit than a prison breakout or a steam-engine chase, director Paul King holds this together, partly because he keeps a strong hand on the finely detailed script that he co-wrote with Simon Farnaby, and partly thanks to his excellent cast.

There's only one problem: the pop-up book costs some serious dough.

It's there that he finds an old pop-up book of London and sets his sights on earning the money to buy it. Given how sweet and kind Paddington is, such a situation could only be caused by some sort of bad mix-up, and that's clearly the case here, thanks to the police mistakenly assuming that he's responsible for stealing a valuable pop-up book which he meant to give to his Aunt Lucy for her 100th birthday.

"Some people involved in our penal system may say, 'You're not going to find it in our prisoners, ' but Paddington does indeed". While Buchanan seeks the treasure, the Browns search for evidence of Paddington's innocence, and Paddington adjusts to life in prison - or, more accurately, prison adjusts to him.

Bilge Ebiri, Miami New Times: "Aside from being a disarming, refreshing wallow in kindness, Paddington 2 also has the benefit of being well-constructed and exceedingly well-performed". Paddington as a character was loved by the audience because it was inherently very good and there was not an inch of malice in him which is mostly the case animated films as they are primarily for children. Film can be a treat for the eye of a children just for it's attractive looking shots but it certainly isn't groundbreaking. overall Paddington could be a one time watch if your kid is really insisting. Eventually, with the help of the Browns, Paddington is back on his tail.

The film picks up not many days after the events of the first film. Armed with her audio recorder, pen, notebook, and Canon camera, she is an active part of hunting down Buchanan, making for a refreshingly ambitious representation of a teen girl.

Sally Hawkins also gets a nice spotlight as the eager-to-believe matriarch who is compelling enough to make you really trust that she's possibly gotten a lead from a newsstand parrot about who framed Paddington. And their grandmother, Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters), keeps an eye on them all. Ben Miller plays Colonel Lancaster, a stoic neighborhood man who suffers from depression. And while countless sequels are made as a pure cash grab by the studios, I'm happy to report that Paddington 2 isn't one of them.

It may only be one month into the 2018 movie season, but it would be hard to imagine a better family film than "Paddington 2" hitting theaters this year. Vibrant and kind, it imagines a better world for all of us. (He and Paddington coveted the same curio in that shop, a pop-up book that clearly has more than aesthetic value.) Grant shines nearly as brightly here as he did in "Florence Foster Jenkins", finding the flawless mix of nastiness and harmlessness that makes for a great kiddie villain. May this franchise go on forever.

Paddington 2 is a warm and fuzzy joy