Paddington 2, a live action/CGI animated comedy adventure film perfect for all ages. It is an easy going movie filled with funny bits and pieces throughout the movie; enough to keep you laughing all the way! Truth be told, I have never watched the first Paddington movie but I can assure you that it’s not too hard to keep up with this one. Returning director, Paul King made a good move of showing viewers a glimpse of how Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw once again) was raised, making it easier to follow even if you haven’t watched the first movie.
The bearish sequel sees our marmalade loving bear looking to purchase gift for his aunt Lucy back in Peru for her 100th birthday. He worked various odd jobs to save up for a unique pop up book he found at an antique shop. However, misfortune befalls on him when Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), a vain and aging thespian, who’s been reduced to fronting dog commercials steals the book and frames Paddington for the crime.
King and his co-writer, Simon Farnaby showcased their brilliance in script writing by perfectly showcasing Paddington’s wit, strength and effect on everyone. Also, beneath all the humour lies a strong, soulful emotional core to this mystery oriented plot that has poignant and lovely messages instilled in it. With proper direction, the entire film did not lack in terms of the flow of the story as it helps move at a steady pace.
This film is also shot beautifully with its intoxicating settings – a fairytale like London where everything and everyone looks unreal. The main contributor to this effect is the colorfully vibrant city with a warm marmalade gleam tone that gives off a timeless and eccentric feel.
I loved how simple the movie was. Paddington teaches the audience how he always sees the good in people. He learnt all his manners and good values from his aunt Lucy and never forgets to quote what aunt Lucy said! Paddington has become a true blessing to many individuals he has come upon and have brought the greater good in people. Ultimately, the moral of the story is to be kind and kindness will come to you.
DISCLAIMER: Be sure to stay back a little while during the credits because there’s some short clips not to be missed!
Check out the trailer below:
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