Entertainment Hive 2020

Paddington 2

Review by Honey B

Director:  Paul King (VII) Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters, Ben Wishaw as the voice of Paddington Plot: PADDINGTON 2 finds Paddington 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 hundredth 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. Verdict: Paddington 2 is a rare gem of a movie with plenty of heart to share. The movie succeeds because it relies on the simple things in life – just like a marmalade sandwich. This gorgeous little bear from the wilds of Peru just wants to buy his Aunt Lucy a special 100 th  birthday gift and with Paddington involved nothing goes quite to plan. Paddington (voiced by Ben Wishaw) has settled into living with the Brown family and he is loved by the family and the community. When he sees a pop-up book of London in an antique store he instantly has his heart set on it for his Aunt Lucy. Thus the little bear sets off to find a job and make money, to hilarious effect. Just as he has saved quite a bit of money, the book is stolen and Paddington is arrested trying to stop the book being stolen. Now the Brown family must clear his name. Director Paul King breathes life into this movie in the most beautiful ways from beautiful little moments to hilarious moments as Paddington gets into trouble cutting hair or chasing criminals. There are jokes for youngsters and adult one-liners, however it’s all done with such a generous tone and never with any malice. This movie is full of warmth, just like its predecessor. Paddington always gets along and he is everyone’s friend. He gets into your heart. As sweet as Paddington is, Hugh Grant as the villain of the piece, Phoenix Buchanan, is nasty. Grant brings to life this actor who is past his prime and who steals Paddington’s book because he knows the secret it is keeping. Grant has a wow of a time dressing up in various criminal disguises from a nun to a knight to follow the book’s clues. It’s a rollicking evil caper that is wonderfully over-the-top. Paddington 2 is like stopping the world for a while and getting off at the most delightful and enchanting location.  A movie to be treasured.  (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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