Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
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Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th 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. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. Written by
I was hugely surprised at just how good the first film was and was
tentatively cautious when this sequel was green-lighted that perhaps it
might cheapen Michael Bond's beloved family friendly creation.
However, fear not, for this sequel is absolutely terrific on all
levels. Firstly it is as funny and witty and as brilliantly animated as
the first film. The excellent cast from the first film is also enhanced
by a superb turn from Hugh Grant, who hasn't been as good as he is here
in a long time. In fact it is quite clear to the viewer that Grant is
thoroughly enjoying himself by playing against type and sending himself
up as a faded egotistical actor and total cad who sets Paddington up to
be the fall guy (or should that be Bear?) for a dastardly deed. There
is a touch of the pantomime villain to his performance, but it works
splendidly and it fits his character perfectly.
All the wit and heart of the first film is still evident here and in
some ways, built upon. Brendan Gleeson is also excellent as an old lag
and prison cook who loses his angry nature when he succumbs to
Paddington's charms and talents in the kitchen. There are also loads of
great jokes too, some pitched at younger children and some deliberately
aimed at the more adult viewer.
All in all this is a worthy sequel and a great memorial to Paddingtons
creator, Michael Bond, who died whilst this sequel was still being
filmed. It is full of laughs, thrills, action sequences, great
characters, some wonderful animation (one scene is an obvious nod to
the 2D paper cut-outs of the human characters in the 1970s children's
TV show) and you would have to have a hard heart indeed to not burst
into tears at the wonderful ending. Also, don't leave the film until
you watch Hugh Grant gloriously send himself up with a musical song and
dance act as the end credits roll.
Thoroughly recommended to anybody who wants to see 100 minutes of
family friendly fun that isn't either sickly sweet or too dark for
youngsters and still thoroughly watchable to adults too. Great fun and
a worthy sequel to one of the best British films in recent years.
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