Rent Paddington 2 (2017)

1h 39min
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Synopsis:
The much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th 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...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David Heyman
Voiced By:
Ben Whishaw, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, John Shearer
Creators:
Michael Bond
Writers:
Paul King, Simon Farnaby
Others:
David Heyman
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Children & Family, Top 100 Films, Comedy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/03/2018
Run Time:
99 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • 'Rain on the Roof' with Phoenix Buchanan - Full Screen
  • Paddington 2: The Challenges of Making the Film
  • BAFTA Q&A with David Heyman, Paul King, Simon Farnaby, Hugh Grant and Pablo Grillo
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/03/2018
Run Time:
104 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • 'Rain on the Roof' with Phoenix Buchanan - Full Screen
  • Paddington 2: The Challenges of Making the Film
  • BAFTA Q&A with David Heyman, Paul King, Simon Farnaby, Hugh Grant and Pablo Grillo
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/03/2018
Run Time:
104 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • 'Rain on the Roof' with Phoenix Buchanan - Full Screen
  • Paddington 2: The Challenges of Making the Film
  • BAFTA Q&A with Cast and Crew

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Reviews (12) of Paddington 2

Absolutely brilliant! - Paddington 2 review by MH

This is a terrific film, every bit as good as the first. The animation is truly inspired (check out especially the pop-up book), the characters are true to the original film, and Paddington is just as lovable.

It would be a scrooge indeed who didn't enjoy this film! I saw it at the cinema, and when the lights went up the (largely mature) audience all had a soppy grin on their faces. Tip - watch it right to the end or you may miss some fun.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Charming. - Paddington 2 review by JD

Even better than the original !

Superb animation and graphics and a funny story too.

Huge Grant has never been better, and Ben Wishaw is perfect as the voice of the Bear.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Brilliant, probably the best Family Film of the year so far! - Paddington 2 review by CS

What a fantastic movie, a great family film, well made, thoughtfully crafted and aimed straight at the family market, a real delight for both children and adults alike. In my mind, this has got to be the best family movie of the year so far! Our loveable bear experiences a serious of adventurous mishaps, amusing, sad, happy, exciting, a real rollercoaster of emotions. This is how family films should be made, no nasty and unnecessary violence, swearing or constantly putting people down, as seems to be the norm nowadays, but a really nice feel good vibe. The animation, scenery and stage sets are well designed, the script, direction and acting are above par and in all it’s just a very well made film, one that as an adult made me feel sad and happy at the same time and also made me cry at the end, for joy!.

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Critic review

Paddington 2 review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Many storybook characters can lose their way when translated for the big screen, but not Paddington. His gentle and good-natured personality doesn’t become lost in his CGI form; he may have even improved from such a transition. As he proved in his 2014 live-action debut, you can have a film with talking animals and slapstick humor that doesn’t have to sacrifice intelligence or wit. The sequel only proves his charm can last.

Having successfully moved in with the Brown family, Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) has undoubtedly made his mark in the London community. Not only has the neighborhood become accepting of a talking bear on their block, but their lives are all the better. Paddington seems to find the good in everyone and help them better themselves, delivering marmalade sandwiches for the morning bike riders and helping sanitation workers study on their way to work. He still gets into trouble, as seen in a barber shop sequences of Buster Keaton style mishaps, but it’s usually just bad luck and never with malicious intent.

Missing his aunt, Paddington decides to set about acquiring a special present for his auntie’s birthday; “It’s not every day a bear turns 100.” He has set his sights on an antique pop-up book of London that happens to cost a hefty sum of currency. No matter; Paddington takes the honest route by getting a job to raise the money for the present. Unfortunately, a deceptive over-the-hill actor, Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), has stolen the book and framed Paddington for the crime. While the bear is stuck in prison, the Browns set about trying to prove that Phoenix was the culprit.

As this story goes along, we discover that Paddington not only pushes for the best in people but that the world itself is whimsical enough to accept his sweetness. This is best seen in Paddington’s questioning of the prison food, having a word with the prisoner chef, Knuckles (Brendan Gleeson). Though Knuckles is bitter and easily prone to speak with his fists, he retracts his knuckle sandwich when Paddington fills his mouth with a marmalade sandwich. The two of them start making more marmalade sandwiches for the prison and not only does a relationship form, but a more refined prison life changes the tone of the big house. If it weren’t for the Browns waiting for him on the outside, there would be no reason to leave such a fun enclosure with colorful characters that all seem to have a recipe for some decadent sweet.

For as likable a force as Paddington continues to be, it’s ultimately Hugh Grant that steals the show. His role as a washed-up, egotistical, and maniacal actor is not only the best performance of the film but maybe his best role he’s ever had. Everything from his toothy expression that can make a room shine to his fanciful means of being evil with his acting abilities is a lot of fun to watch. Be sure to stay during the credits for the most elaborate musical number featuring Grant at his most amusing.

But what’s perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of Paddington 2 is that every actor seems to be having a lot of fun and it shows on the screen. Peter Capaldi returns as the grumpy Mr. Curry, eager to prove Paddington as the menace of the neighborhood, going so far as to alert the public in the middle of the night when the bear escapes from prison. Jim Broadbent is still as sweet as ever as the kindly old German antique shop owner. Hugh Bonneville is still in top form as the straight man trying to find reason in this whimsical world, given more to do this time around and able to hold his own without standing next to the CGI bear. Even the smaller roles of Joanna Lumley as a talent agent and Richard Ayoade as a forensics expert manage to be entertaining players for the singular scenes they occupy.

I adored Paddington 2 at the initial screening but was curious to see how more kids would react a more public screening. Not only were kids laughing along with Paddington’s accidental nature and getting involved in the treasure hunting story, but I have never seen a theater of more behaved kids, including my own. For this reason, I can’t recommend this film enough as the perfect family film, expertly conceived to be as hilariously creative as it is thoughtfully sweet.

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