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Published December 6th 2017
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A sequel to the hugely successful and greatly loved movie of 2014 Paddington 2 opens nationally on 21 December. Paddington returns to entertain one and all with his silly antics and intelligent observations. I don't want to give too much of the plot away as much of the humour comes from unexpected situations but I can say that it is suitable for the whole family.
From the dramatic opening sequences to the closing credits, Paddington 2 is as good as, if not better than the original. This movie is charming, witty and beautifully produced. Paddington has been imbued with such character that at times you forget that he is animated. He is a polite, refined little bear, who seems naive but is actually quite a shrewd commentator on the human condition. As well as the original cast, there are a few new characters. The city of London and its famous landmarks are also showcased.
The story continues with Paddington settled into the Windsor Garden community as a happy member of the delightfully eccentric Brown family. He decides he needs to work in order to buy his aunt Lucy the perfect present for her 100th birthday. Some very funny scenes result from his search for paid employment. His gentle trusting nature gains him many friends in the area but also results in him being taken advantage of by those of a more self-centred nature. Ultimately he gets framed for a robbery and faces quite a long stint in prison where he makes friends with an unlikely bunch. There is a bit of a moral about being kind to one another but it is more of a subtext and we can see that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
The cast does a superb job and Hugh Grant, as washed up thespian Phoenix Buchanan, is 'terribly' wicked and provides plenty of laughs for the adults in the audience. Paddington 2 is a wonderful film that has been crafted with love and attention to detail.
Make sure you stay after the closing credits for a funny musical revue.