Review: Paddington 2 (2017)

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It’s been three years since this Peruvian bear’s first big screen adventure chalked up a storm at the box office. In a sequel that more than matches up to its predecessor, Paddington (Ben Whishaw) has his eye on a pop-up book as a present for Aunt Lucy’s birthday. But when it’s stolen by a mysterious figure, Paddington – along with the Brown family and some new friends – must catch the thief before it’s too late. This is a family film through and through. It crackles and pops with heart, humour and pure adventure, ambling comfortably through its run time with a script that’s uncomplicated, yet teeming with little nuggets of wisdom from writers Simon Farnaby and Paul King, who once again directs. Though it’s Paddington’s film – and Whishaw continues to prove he’s the ideal choice – it also makes plenty of room for the support. Top of that list is Hugh Grant, who’s the best he’s been in years, cherishing his role as faded actor Phoenix Buchanan. But even the other residents of Windsor Gardens feel like active members, no matter how small their contributions. Paddington 2 is heartwarming, exciting, naturally entertaining and never dull. Better yet, it’s a film for everyone.

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