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Unbelievably good, brings back all those Paddington memories
I used to read all the Paddington books when I was a small boy and my wife when she was a little girl. We both loved all the crazy escapades that Paddington got into and he did it all with a good heart.

I very much enjoyed seeing the first Paddington but did feel it wasn't quite Paddington with the scary woman and the scary scenes.

Paddington 2 completely captures the essence of the the books and really wrings out the most of some of the characters.

Brendan Gleeson is superb as the 'nasty' Knuckles who quickly warms to Paddington. This might sound far-fetched but the whole film is very childish. Now that's not childish in the sense of "silly and immature" but in the other definition of "appropriate to a child". The whole film shows and plays scenes as a child might imagine things to be - for example how the prison works and especially the lovely idea that the warden reads the inmates a bedtime story to help them all get to sleep.

There are superb performance from all the actors and a huge number of cameos. Even the small scenes put in by the like of Joanna Lumley and Rob Brydon are clearly done with great love from the actors. Hugh Grant puts in a superb over the top performance as the baddie, which really let him flex his vocal talents!

The whole film is done in bright colours and with a superb musical backing track. When you are watching the film be careful to pay attention to all the small details, such as the newspaper headlines and the To Do list in the Brown's Kitchen, there a huge number of little jokes in the background and I suspect I'll spot a whole load more when I watch this again on Blu-Ray!

Not really spoilers but there is only one really 'scary' scene near the end but it is so beautifully done and you know that Paddington will win so even the little ones won't cry. And make sure you stay for ALL the credits as they play out to an amazing "what happened after" montage.

I have noticed that that at the time of writing this review there were 927 votes and 15 people have given the film a 1-star. Now I know everyone is entitled to their opinion but in this case I suspect these people might not really understand Paddington and what he's all about, if you have young children and they love Paddington then they will love this film.

This film is suitable for young children aged 4 to 104 :)

Let you into a secret, when my wife and I went to watch this film there were a lot of people in the cinema but not one was under 18! From the looks of it the audience was aged 20 - 80!

I cried and I laughed through the whole film and rekindled my inner Paddington.
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For once a sequel that doesn't disappoint
trevorwomble10 November 2017
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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One of the year's biggest delights
TheLittleSongbird10 November 2017
Loved the first 'Paddington', was not sure whether that would be the case but it turned out to be one of that year's biggest surprises and delights. Was enthused about hearing that there was a sequel with the same crew returning, always a plus when it comes to sequels, but there was the concern as to whether it would fall victim to "sequel-titis".

Very luckily, 'Paddington 2' does not fall victim to that. It is one of not many sequels to actually be equal in quality to its predecessor and come close to being even better. It maintains all of 'Paddington's' heart, fun and charm, maintaining everything that made that film so good, and even builds on that appeal. For such a hit-and-miss year and seeing my fair share of overblown big-budget blockbusters with little soul, films that waste great premises and films that attempted laugh-a-minute laughs and doing it in a way that came at the expense of heart, 'Paddington 2' was a much needed refreshment. Not saying at all that it has been a completely bad year, actually there have been very good to great films, just that 'Paddington 2' stood out in the best of ways in recent weeks.

Maybe it could have been ever so slightly longer and would have again liked to have seen more of Mr Curry and his acrimonious relationship with Paddington. Everything else is magic.

'Paddington 2' once again looks great. It's beautifully shot and vibrant in design with a little bit of grit and Paddington as to be expected couldn't have looked more perfect. The music score is suitably soothing, rousing and whimsical, while the direction keeps things moving at a bright and breezy pace. A pace that never slows down but doesn't ever feel too hasty either.

Scripting is also spot on. The comedic moments are incredibly funny, the best of it hilarious, with rapid-fire wit, endearing quirkiness, clever gags that don't feel like pale retreads of before and perfectly pitched misunderstandings and physical comedy. Underneath all the humour and the darker and more suspenseful mystery/action-oriented elements of the story is a big heart and strong emotional core, with some lovely inspiring messaging and values that are very much current and some touching parts. It's also incredibly intelligent, not many films this year have treated its audience with the amount of respect that 'Paddington 2' has, and has such an endearing innocence.

A large part of that is the character of Paddington himself. Can't fault his design or Ben Whishaw's beautiful voice acting, nor can one fault his truly adorable personality, absolutely love how he tries to still remain even in the grimmest of situations and he is easy to root for and love throughout. The story may on the slight side structurally but has a lot going on, without being cluttered, that makes it very much eventful and to me there weren't any tonal issues.

Every ounce of the heart, charm and fun seen in 'Paddington' is here and everybody gets a chance to shine, especially Mr Brown and Mrs Bird of Paddington's family. The new characters are great additions, with a superior villain and the character of the cook Knuckles being one of the film's nicest surprises. Only Mr Curry could have been done better.

Performances across the board are great. Hugh Bonneville balances comedy and drama with ease, Sally Hawkins is compassionate and Julie Walters is a hoot. Jim Broadbent is always a welcome presence and the younger actors are appealing. Brendan Gleeson excels in a departure role, a dramatic actor in a more comedic role in a family-friendly film could have gone wrong but Gleeson brings a curmudgeonly charm and great comic timing. Hugh Grant is also cast against type and brilliantly sends up himself and the world of acting. This is Paddington's film though.

Overall, an absolute delight and refreshing. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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Somehow - and thankfully - as good as the first
rogerdarlington13 November 2017
I loved "Paddington" and - to my delight - I loved "Paddington 2" too.

Of course, we start with the adorable character created by Michael Bond (who died between the release of the two films), the brilliant CGI representation of our furry friend, and the purr-fect voicing by Ben Wishaw. This is such a British franchise with so very many British character actors (OK, and one Irish) and so many London locations, although this is the kind of gentle London that we saw in "Notting Hill" (most notably in the prison scenes). Indeed the villain this time is less threatening than Nicole Kidman's character in the first film and played brilliantly by the ever-so- English star of "Notting Hill", Hugh Grant, who - following his success in "Florence Foster Jenkins" - shows that he is not just a pretty face.

The film is endlessly inventive, not least in bringing to life a pop-up book of London landmarks which is at the heart of the plot, and it is stuffed full of visual gags as well as so many funny lines, a few aimed at adult viewers rather than little ones. My granddaughter (almost seven) found it delightful with one of her favourite scenes being Paddington's window-cleaning efforts. Be sure to stay for the credits - a final delight in 100 happy minutes.
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602nd review: A Superb Children's Movie
intelearts12 November 2017
Paddington 2 really is a fine children's movie. In fact, I would go as far as to say one of the best children's movies I have seen. It is not just charm and whimsy and genuine laughs though it has those in buckets - it is a real plot, and a solid caper movie to boot. By building on an ingenious crime element and real plotting it has turned from a sentimental journey to something more. As an avid reader of the books as a child, the main worry is the spirit of the bear who believes in the good in everyone, while creating untold chaos around him, will get lost to serve the storyline or some idea of updating Paddington. Luckily, none of the spirit is lost, and instead, we have an immensely enjoyable, fun, funny, and charming film. The whole family loved it - and we all laughed, cried, and cheered. Just be sure to stay seated for the credits. A really excellent children's film.
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Practically perfect Paddington production
ramonster_uk20 November 2017
I was an unexpected fan of the first Paddington movie, walked into it expecting not to enjoy it, but I was proved wrong. When I heard that a sequel was coming, I just hoped it would retain the magic of the first and it did, with a cherry on top! This movie invoked the inner child within me and was just a perfect viewing experience for this time of the year.

The casting was genius, featuring many well known British actors, in roles big and small. It was like a gathering of all the best of British, all having the best of time together. A huge hats off to Hugh Grant, pure brilliance!

The imagination that went into this movie and the skill that managed to put this across to the audience was second to none! You will find yourself being absorbed into this world and will not want to leave. I've read some people complaining that this isn't what London is like today, but this is exactly how London was in my childhood mind, where fantasy and reality met. Don't let go of your imagination, suspend reality and just enjoy.

I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. You will laugh and you will cry. Go see it, on your own, with your partner or with you family, you won't be disappointed.
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You'll believe a bear can fly
iandbaldwin19 November 2017
Warning: Spoilers
From the opening moments to the end credits this film is a fitting epitaph to the author Michael Bond. I can honestly say this is the best "children's" film I have seen since Mary Poppins when I was 6. Like a very good marmalade it is bitter sweet, with moments of comedy that will have tears of laughter running down your cheek and moments of pathos that will do the same - a good thing I was in a darkened cinema. The animators are the star (Paddington) but special mention must be made for Hugh Grant who throws everything at this Oscar worthy role (Don't leave before the end credits or you'll miss one of the best moments) and Brendan Gleeson is suitably menacing and lovable at the same time.

Spoiler Alert :- The film flashbacks to Peru when Paddington was rescued by Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pastuzo from a fast flowing river. When you see the quality of the animation of this scene you know you are seeing movie platinum. The pop up book that Paddington wants to buy and send to Aunt Lucy for her Birthday present comes to life at the Quayside with Paddington welcoming his aunt to London and showing her the sights - these scenes are inspired and worth the admission price alone. When Paddington gets sent to prison for being wrongly accused of stealing the pop up book his transformation of the prison and the chef Nuckles McGinty (Gleeson) is amazing - and it all starts with marmalade. There are too many other excellent scenes to mention but when Paddington has been cleared and released from prison and is back home he goes to the front door to open it and at this point, thanks to first rate animation throughout, you will believe a bear can fly.
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Alanjackd12 November 2017
For starters ..I have given a 10 for this as a family movie and nothing else.

As family movies go you won't get better. A delight from start to finish with everything you could possibly .baddies..robbery ...everything.

Everybody hams it up perfectly..and also some of the direction and animation is actually very awesome.

Perfect family trip to the cinema here for young and old.

One thing to the drama of the Weinstien troubles...some expected a boycott here..nothing of it at all..the theatre was rammed at every showing..I don't know what that tells us but I thought it was worth mentioning!!
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Great sequel
jshoesmithkr12 November 2017
The first Paddington film was cleverly made but just wasn't long enough. This film however lasted longer and had way more to it which made it better. Phoenix as the villain was kind of better than Millicent as he was more cunning. Knuckles was a great addition, how you couldn't like him is just wrong, if you like Knuckles The Echidna then you'll like Knuckles McGinty.

Mr Curry could have done more although they gave Mr Gruber a more dominant role like in the books. The scenes were mainly funny. Judy was attractive like in the last film but three years' film difference can emphasize how much actors can change, especially Johnathan and Judy. The prison bit was a bit like Muppets Most Wanted as Paddington befriends his cell mates and then they start to enjoy themselves and then at the end they help his escape, only difference is that some of them join him. Overall a 9/10 for this film. Can't wait for Paddington 3.
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Pure bearfection 10/10
pada21 November 2017
To think I had second thoughts about even going to see this !

A perfect film in all ways suitable for all the family for children 8 months to 80 years and beyond .

A total delight . Cinema-photography was excellent, giving an interesting nostalgic feel set in modern times , at times you felt you were being transported back to your childhood in the 1950s - 1970s with many aspects such as steam trains and Victorian architecture and prisons - the Hugh Grant Phoenix Buchanan character was almost as if Terry Thomas had been reincarnated to play the role! Shots of Windsor gardens and the Shard juxtapositioned the tourist view of London old and new .

The theme of good versus evil reigned supreme throughout . Together with love conquers all and community spirit . Michael Bond the author sadly died in Paddington on the last day of filming never reaching the age of Aunt Sally but at 91 he lived a long life and left us with a masterpiece .

The cast was absolutely superb - the animation top notch - you'd forget that Paddington is a bear as did the characters at times - watch the credits right to the end for Hugh camping it up to the max .

Superb - you'll love it

Pad.A 10/10'
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A perfect family film
benpeyton10 November 2017
Warning: Spoilers
Paddington 2 Written by Ben Peyton @BenPeyton007 10th November 2017

Ben Whishaw swaps James Bond for Michael Bond's Paddington Bear in the sequel to 2014s hugely successful Paddington, simply named Paddington 2. Simply named, but ingeniously signalled by Paddington himself in the film's opening.

In search of the perfect gift for his Aunt Lucy, Paddington discovers an old pop-up book in Mr Gruber's antique shop and takes on a series of odd jobs to pay for it. When the book is stolen, Paddington enlists the help of the Brown family and some new-found friends to retrieve it and unmask the thief.

Director, Paul King, unveils some wonderfully creative moments; an interactive sequence involving the pop-up book utilising some of London's most famous landmarks, a hilarious slap-stick Mr Bean-esque barber scene, a beautifully lush tropical jungle sprouting from a single tear and concluding with an exciting train-top chase reminiscent of Skyfall. Seriously.

Joining King are writers Simon Farnaby and Jon Croker. Their terrific script makes full use of the glittering cast's comedic talent and they all seem to be having an absolute blast.

None more so than Hugh Grant as washed-up thespian, Phoenix Buchanan. Grant plays a plethora of characters and it's a welcome reminder of just how good an actor he is. The twinkle in his eyes, lacking from some of his films over the years, that infectious grin and his positively charming accent are cranked up to 11 and he lights up the screen whenever he appears. Whether he's a not so noble knight or a surprisingly attractive nun, Grant is having a ball as his pantomime performance hits all the right notes.

Brendan Gleeson also has free reign to exaggerate his character, a grizzly convict by the name of Knuckles McGinty, to superb effect. Gleeson leads a host of some of Britain's best comedy actors, including Tom Davis and Noah Taylor, to make their jailhouse rock.

Leading the way as the voice of Paddington, Ben Whishaw's impeccably pitched innocence, naivety and comic timing, combined with some exceptional CGI make you forget you're watching an animation.

The supporting characters are all played to perfection by an impressive ensemble cast including, Julie Walters, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville and Jim Broadbent with excellent turns by Tom Conti, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Lumley and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

Dario Marianelli's delightful score is also a highlight, with a There's Something About Mary style band, Tobago and d'Lime, appearing every now and then to belt out a tune.

Paddington 2 is a joyful smile all the way through. I grinned and would happily bear it again. The ending, although predictable, is surprisingly moving and the perfect conclusion to a wonderful family film full of charm and love. As Aunt Lucy would say, "If we're kind and polite, the world would be right." It's a simple message and one we could all learn from.

Oh, and do stick around for a little treat during the credits. Prison has never looked so much fun!
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michellesusankelly18 November 2017
I watched and enjoyed the first Paddington movie but have to say that , unusually for a sequel, this is better. I found all the characters so endearing, the story was fantastic, a great number of cameos, and hats off to the actors all great. Beware, a hankie may be needed during this film, and I have to say, best movie I have seen this year. Wonderful family movie.
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Paddington 2: Could a sequel be better than the original? This one is!
brankovranjkovic14 November 2017
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This is a CGI animated film sequel of the charming bear character called Paddington, the bear who always looks for the good in people. In this film we see that one year on from the original film Paddington has really become part of the Brown family and very much part of the local community.

Paddington is looking for the perfect present for his Auntie Lucy's 100th birthday, he sees a pop-up book in an antique shop, but it's very expensive (£500). None-the-less, he decides to buy it as his Auntie only ever wanted to see London, so this seems perfect. Paddington needs to do a string of different odd jobs to earn the necessary money to buy the book, all with disastrous slap-stick comedy consequences. The book also provides clues to the location of some treasure.

Late one night Paddington witnesses the book being stolen from the shop, he chases the villain but he escapes. The police arrive on the scene and have no alternative but to convict Paddington, the Brown family need to clear Paddington's name and find the thief.

Whilst in prison, which is colourful and largely resembles The Grand Budapest Hotel, Paddington makes friends with several of the eccentric inmates, his exchanges with them are all hilarious including some use of the famous 'hard stare'. Paddington manages to break out with three other inmates, they (and the Browns) are now in pursuit of the book thief. Of course they catch the devious thief, and recover the book.

Go see this gem of a film, generally better than the original with a who's who cast of British acting royalty, and an emotional ending.

Stay for the closing credits for a comedy dance sequence. Very highly recommended.
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Amazing, suitable for all
tahemairis26 November 2017
With no shame in saying so, i teared up at the end of this beautifully crafted family-flick. There i was, a 20 year old, sitting in between at least 8 ten year olds, cheering for the charming Brown family and of course, the adorable Paddington.

It is a delight for all, with clever and tasteful British humour that will satisfy all viewers, from 5 year olds (i actually witnessed a 5 year old laughing her heart out at the screening i was at) to full grown adults (many parents and also my mom who i was seeing this movie with, had a blast seeing many, more adult- oriented, but still appropriate and child-friendly themes throughout the movie).

The casting is great, plenty of A-lister Brits give an endearing performance and for not once will you think they did it for an easy paycheck. The film is pleasant for the eyes and has a positive, vibrant color-scheme. The plot is good, does not have that well- feared "sequel syndrome" (which i was indeed a bit sceptical about before buying the ticket) and can very well stand on its own.

This movie provides an important lesson of kindness and understanding and is a deeply moving depiction of family, community and motherly love. Perfect film to warm you up for the winter ahead.

Go and see it, you won't have an ounce of regret later!
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Great family entertainment
Figgy66-915-59847020 November 2017
20 November 2017 Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight - Paddington 2. Three years after the amazing original movie Paddington bursts back onto our screen. Full of good intentions, his naivety lands him in hot water and he finds himself locked up with everyone trying to clear his name. All our old favourites are back, Hugh Bonneville as Mr Brown, Julie Walters as Mrs Bird and Peter Capaldi as Mr Curry among others, however I think the real human star of the show was Hugh Grant, who played the dastardly Phoenix Buchanan with aplomb. Phoenix is a washed up actor reduced to doing dog food commercials who takes advantage of Paddington and makes you want to yell Boo Hiss from the audience. There is some brilliant acting from everyone who is interacting with Paddington, you wouldn't know there wasn't a real talking bear there. A great film for all the family to enjoy, oh and stay sat down for the credits on this one!!!
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a feel good family friendly movie about that cute lovable bear
mikenontonmulu14 November 2017
Just like in the original movie, this one was also truly a family movie. Almost the same formula was used in here where Paddington, being a naive, friendly kind bear caught in trouble due to the bad things done by the villain, and had to be rescued by the Browns. There was definitely a lot of laugh and love around in this movie. So get ready for some funny moments and of course some touching emotional moments.

The movie itself focused on the feel-good factor that you would experience when watching it and especially the happiness and emotional sensation after the climax scene in the end. However, this movie was not a very deep one filled with intelligent conversation. Instead it was a light movie filled with scenes where we would be feeling happy or sad for Paddington. Of course some of the things were also a little bit illogical and have a sense of absurdity in it, but we could still tolerate and just enjoy the movie. It was made purely to be enjoyed by the whole family and I think it would be nicer to see this one during Christmas period. I do not know why, but it had a Christmas aura in the movie.

The CGI to create Paddington was as nice as the original film, but I especially love the scenes shown during the imagination of Paddington when he was looking at the pop-up book. It was very nice and wonderful to see it and I could actually experience what he was imagining. The Brown family affection and of course the whole neighborhood's appreciation towards Paddington was very lovely to see as well. And be reminded to see the warm feeling when you see the scene involving Brendan Gleeson and his friends. There was a fun mid credit scene that you could enjoy too, but no end credit scene.

In the end, this movie was just to be enjoyed and not to be overly thought. You would need to have good imagination and also better to have watched the original movie to have better appreciation of Paddington and the Browns relationship. But even if you did not see the first one, I think you could still understand the movie as it was not too overly complicated. My wife and I were pretty entertained with the movie, especially my wife who had some emotional moments in the touching scenes. We were definitely glad to have seen this one, even though a bit late. The only thing I quite regret was the scenes of the trailer were a bit too much and some of the funny scenes were already shown there.

So if you are looking for a family friendly movie with some of those funny moments plus if you want to enjoy seeing that cute cuddly bear with his naivety and kindness to brighten up your day, this one definitely would be a good choice.

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Paddington 2 is amazing!
Fadi_Michel12 December 2017
The first movie was in my opinion the greatest family movie in recent years. Surprisingly, the sequel is better!

Ben Whishaw as Paddington is still amazing. Hugh Grant is GREAT! I want to see him more in this type of roles. Brendan Gleeson is excellent. All the other characters from the first movie have strong presence here.

The movie is extremely funny and entertaining. You may notice some similarities between this and the first movie but the script and the direction took everything one step forward and deliver pure joy and entertainment. This is a strong achievement.

I left the cinema with a big smile on my face. I really enjoyed every minute in it.
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2 Great 2 Fun 2 Sweet 2 Zany 2 be overlooked! Go see it NOW NOW NOW
Amy Adler16 January 2018
In London, Paddington Bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) has fit in nicely with the Brown family after they rescued him in the first film. Mother B (Sally Hawkins), Father B (Hugh Bonneville) and the kids adore him, as does their lodger, Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters). Not only that, the neighborhood loves him, too, as he keeps businessmen from forgetting their keys, matchmakes for the lovelorn, and so on. Friends give him rides on bicycles and garbage trucks so Paddington can visit his favorite antiques store, run by Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent). The only one who seems to treat the wee bear badly is aging actor Phoenix (Hugh Grant), a neighbor who, if truth be told, only loves himself. This changes on a fateful day. Paddington happens to mention to Phoenix that he has found the perfect birthday gift for his Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton) back in her home in deepest, darkest Peru. Its an old pop-up book about London and its so valuable that Paddington is working many odd jobs to pay for it. ( What a treat to see Paddington flounder at a hair salon and a window washing company). But, ho ho ho, Phoenix knows about this book and HE STEALS IT, in an actor's disguise even though Paddy is a witness. Police don't believe the little bear's description of the true thief and send P to prison for ten years. Soon, Paddington is transforming the gruff fellow prisoners with his kindness and the Brown family is trying to find the real crook for they believe their beloved adopted ursa minor. Can they find the real culprit? This absolutely darling film is one of the best family movies in the last 30 years. It has everything, a stellar cast, a tremendous script, a visionary art direction and a strong direction. Special mention should go to Grant for his fabulous turn as the jaded Phoenix! What, you don't think this could be as good as a Disney or Pixar film? Think again, ITS BETTER!
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Better Than The Original
statuskuo16 January 2018
This movie is just fun. And incredibly simple. After years of living with the Brown family, Paddington settles into a life of comfort. He decides he wants to buy his aunt a gift and sets out to work for it. He sets his sites on a pop-up book of London, as his aunt always wanted to see the city. Unfortunately, a devious has-been actor decides he wants the book as well and frames Paddington with stealing it from the antique shop.

Vibrant, lovely, beautiful and fun...this movie doesn't stop with the cuteness and precious sweetness. The family is clearly more modernized now as they've grown up, as has the town. It is also a side story of intolerance which...didn't need to be said, but it still is a nice message. It's odd that there are some here who've not enjoyed it. They do everything short of a musical number to make you happy...oh wait...they throw that in too! A joyous light-hearted universe for all ages, though I think adults may actually enjoy it more than children. Excellent!
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An Old-fashioned Movie in the best sense of the word
Jeff Sultanof15 January 2018
Paddington 2 proves that old-fashioned values and solid characterization win every time, and that such movies are still warmly embraced by audiences. So many times beloved characters have had movies made which have been awful beyond belief (the Cat in the Hat), so it is refreshing that the lead character is true to the books. Sure there are plot holes, but Paddington wins over everyone with his goodness and personality. The movie makes a very important point that needs reiterating: one person can make a difference in many lives, and that true friendship is priceless.

If anyone almost steals the film from the bear, it is Hugh Grant, who plays this so well that we are reminded what a great talent he possesses.
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The definition of delight
MisterWhiplash15 January 2018
So why should you see Paddington 2, whether or not you've seen Paddington from two years before? Two reasons immediately go to inspired casting - you think these should be too on the nose, but they take hold and revitalize these types: Brendan Gleeson plays a prisoner named 'Nuckles' (with an 'N') who gets persuaded in one swift stroke to start making marmalade sandwiches and Hugh Grant plays an egotistical over-the-hill actor who is a master of disguise (he goes from Alan Moore hobo to a nun).

In other words, go see this bloody thing post-haste! It's a complete delight and it amps up the comedy in magnificent ways (a couple of set pieces are worthy of Harold Lloyd) while being wholly sincere, heartfelt (oh that ending) and about kindness and treating others as you would want to be treated. We so so SO need this right now in this world, for many reasons. I'm sure there are things about Paddington 2 that one can criticize it for as far as things one comes across in sequels -a familiar and somewhat predictable plot (what you expect happens when your protagonist gets framed and thrown in jail happens, up to a point, though everything has such a sweetness to it), and our family from the past movie, except maybe Hawkins, is now reduced more or less types (and then in that case there's good set up and pay off with them, albeit one has to suspend disbelief a couple if times)- but everything how the filmmakers are about this story is what counts.

It's so difficult to have entertainment for kids or adults to be timeless, geuine and not talking down to any one group. This is that and then some. Paddington also ultimately works in a similar way as to why the Captain America movies (Winter Soldier and Civil War I mean): the hero is so good and decent and (frankly) square that everything he's reacting to, how those around Paddington make an impact on him or him on them, and that others get the arc even as Paddington stays steadfast in who he is. Characters like this almost give me a guilty conscience.

After all, who wants to get the hard stare all the time?
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An Incredibly Pleasing Sequel,
FilmBuff199414 January 2018
Paddington 2 is a terrific movie with a very well developed plot and a stellar cast. It is one of those rare instances where the sequel lives up to the expectations of its inpressive predecessor. This is just as delightful and funny as the first Paddington, in fact, I would say it is even better, the whacky slapstick is still there, with many brilliantly comedic sequences, while also never forgetting to have heart and meaning.

The only problem I really had is that the Brown family felt a little pushed to the side this time around. While they are still in it quite a bit, their dialogue felt a bit more throwaway and more so serving as plot development.

The cast is absolutely fantastic and fit in to this wonderfully flamboyant world perfectly. Ben Whisaw still shines as Paddington, a casting so perfect, I find it hard to believe it was made at the last minute, Hugh Boneville and Sally Hawkins make a splendid return as Henry and Mary Brown, respectively. However, the newcomers really steal the show here, Brendan Gleeson is thrilling and has a terrific presence as Knuckles, while Hugh Grant, the highlight for me, delivers what is honestly my favourite performance in his entire career thus far. Grant has an irrestibly delightful confidence as Phoenix Buchanen, and his costume changes were the best part of this film for me, he surprised me from beginning to end.

A great romp for the whole family. Funny, thrilling and heartwarming, Paddington 2 does not disappoint, and I would highly recommend it to the whole family.

Paddington winds up in prison while trying to put money together for his Aunt Lucy's visit.

Best Performance: Hugh Grant
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Just plain old wholesome entertainment for all ages.
Anurag-Shetty14 January 2018
Paddington 2 continues with the adventures of Paddington(Ben Whishaw), the bear from Peru. Paddington is happily living with the Brown family. Everyone in his neighborhood, loves him too. For his Aunt Lucy's(Imelda Staunton) 100th birthday, Paddington wants to buy her the perfect gift. He works a number of petty jobs, in order to pay for the gift. However, the gift gets robbed. Now, it is up to Paddington to somehow find the stolen gift.

Paddington 2 is an amazing film. Director Paul King has improved upon the 2014 original. Paddington 2 increases the heart, humor & adventure that made Paddington(2014), such a success. The animation is flawless. Paddington the bear, looks as lifelike as bears can look. The climactic set piece, is the highlight of the movie. The performances are another strong-point of the film. Hugh Bonneville is fantastic as Henry Brown. Sally Hawkins is spectacular as Mary Brown. Brendan Gleeson is brilliant as Knuckles McGinty. Julie Walters is great as Mrs. Bird. Jim Broadbent is superb as Mr. Gruber. Peter Capaldi is good as Mr. Curry. Hugh Grant is outstanding as Phoenix Buchanan. Madeleine Harris & Samuel Joslin are impressive as Judy Brown & Jonathan Brown, respectively. Last but not the least, Ben Whishaw is the star of the show as the voice of Paddington. The supporting cast is effective. Paddington 2 is a must watch for fans of Paddington(2014). Can't wait for Paddington 3!
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A Paddington of Fun
rgkarim14 January 2018
LIKES --Animation/Acting --Cute --Engaging Characters --Story/Presentation


--Predictable --Character Stupidity --Expanding More

It's hard for an animation feature to stand out against the mega studio of Disney, but Paddington 2 is one of those movies that delivers on the family adventure genre. Once more, the adorable little bear is beautifully animated in both design and movement to bring the novel character to life. Our real-life cast seems to have no problems interacting with the animation, crafting a good family that feels like a more realistic Hallmark family. Of course, the movie is cute, as most kid's movies are, but Paddington 2 is also able to craft a few engaging characters for older audience members to latch onto in the 2-hour run period. The story itself, while not unique, is very heartfelt, capable of getting the waterworks going while also entertaining to watch as well. Having three stories also running in tandem with each other, was also a dynamic way to keep the story moving and integrate a plethora of characters. Despite all this though, Paddington 2 suffers from predictability, unable to insert the twists to provide shock and awe most likely out of fear it would go too dark. In addition, after everything the first installment accomplished, the characters turned abruptly stupid/cowardly to actually stand up for the little guy. Why the change of face? Simple, to set up 2/3 of the story arcs, but it's a stretch you have to make. Finally, some of the new gimmicks needed expansion on to help with character development and make their hiring worth the extra investment. I feel this movie did a little too much at times, flying over some key moments that could have made for adventurous obstacles. I was very pleased with Paddington 2, and feel this is the perfect movie for family and friends to enjoy. While cute, Paddington does a nice job bringing the deeper emotions for the adult population to take in, while the kids laugh at the adorable slapstick. Again, it's not the most original or surprising movie, but the film's presentation and story are enough to make up for this, even though it need a little expansion to improve our characters. This reviewer does agree though that his film is one worth hitting the theater to see and the new movie of the weekend. Otherwise, definitely look for it on Redbox.

My scores: Animation/Adventure/Comedy: 8.5 Movie Overall: 8.0
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The Power of Stories
clarkj-565-16133613 January 2018
I left Paddington with tears in my eyes. I think what makes this movie so accessible to both young and old is the simplicity of the story. Paddington may not have had a fancy background, but his aunt installed the most important values of seeing the best in people and treating them well. He is thrown into a typical situation that anyone might encounter and he navigates this difficult web by applying his principles. He endears himself to everyone (well maybe with a one or two exceptions) and we leave the film feeling that the world is a better place!
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