‘Paddington 2’ (2017, PG)

Is ‘Paddington 2’ a paw-fect animated movie, or does it bear-ly make the cut?

After the events of 2014’s ‘Paddington’, the Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Wishaw) is settled into his new home in London, along with the Brown family. One day, on a trip to Mr. Gruber’s (Jim Broadbent) antique shop, Paddington discovers a pop-up book that would make a perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. But, when the book is stolen beneath Paddington’s nose, and he is arrested as the main suspect, the Browns must embark on a ‘whodunnit’ mystery to discover the true thief and save Paddington Bear.

‘Paddington 2’ is one of those rare sequels that still holds up against it’s predecessor. It’s also one of those even rarer films that are aimed at children and can be funny for everyone. Much like it’s predecessor, ‘Paddington 2’ is quite comical and doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet still has a strong enough plot to be worth watching. The plot is pretty standard, but is executed in such a way and with such well-acted characters that it never seems boring or dull. As mentioned, the cast all give outstanding performances and by the end of the film you really do empathise with the characters.

And then, of course, there’s Paddington himself. Ben Wishaw does an excellent job in voicing him, and I really must commend the VFX in this film; CGI Paddington never looked out of place and the cast all interacted with the non-existent bear so well and so convincingly, that I really did become engrossed in the story.

There isn’t much I can fault with ‘Paddington 2’ at all: it’s funny, well-acted, with brilliant visual effects. Its plot may not be the most ground-breaking and original, but I still feel that this film deserves a nine-out-of-ten.



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