Paddington Bear 2 is back and better than ever
Padding Bear is back in the fabulous family friendly movie, Paddington 2. Jam-packed with a star-studded cast of “A” lister celebrities, Paddington has managed to buck the trend and deliver a “better than the first “ sequel. As makers of the adventurous little bears iconic duffle coat, Montgomery Duffle were thrilled to be part of such a wonderful movie.
In this fairytale storybook, London has never looked so rich or enchanting providing the Browns with a charming supply of new adventures. The story picks up with the family right where we left them, Jonathan and Judy are now teenagers and Henry Brown (Hugh Bonneville) is struggling with a midlife crisis brought on by the promotion of a much younger colleague. All is well until Paddington spots a pop-up book of London in Mr Gruber’s (Jim Broadbent) shop, vowing to buy it for Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton) using money from his window cleaning business.
Accidentally Paddington lets the existence of the book slip to fading actor Phoenix Buchanan Hugh Grant), who promptly steals it and leaves Paddington to take the blame. With no proof that he didn’t take it, Paddington is sent to prison and must rely on the Browns to set him free. Thankfully this delightful movie sees our polite Paddington remain true to his Peruvian character with a big heart, happy soul, a handsome supply of marmalade sandwiches, floppy hat and of course his wonderful iconic duffle coat. There is comedy, impressive action scenes and even a James Bond style car chase, but all suitably family friendly, feel good, action adventure movie.
Pretty much every frame offers something to keep the whole family entertained. Whether it’s seeing Brendan Gleeson or Peter Capaldi really make something special out of their supporting roles, or the slapstick comedy that never fails to please. Rom-com star Hugh Grant has never been better. His excellent performance as the washed up West end star Phonenix Buchanan is no doubt going to see a re-launch of his own career. He’s excellent throughout and his send-up of his own personal persona is nothing short of brilliant. It’s a truly surprising comedic performance in its own right.
Underneath the hijinks there’s the running theme of families both real and self-made, sticking up for each other and putting each other first. Paddington 2 is here to simply remind us to be kind and generous towards each other and if we do, then chances are people will be kind to us too. Not many sequels surpass their predecessors, and even fewer family films do so, but Paddington 2 is filled to the brim with the same charm, wit and humour that has resuscitated the character for a new generation and is somehow now even more entertaining.
Paddington 2 offers up a world in which the character’s mantra of “if you’re kind and polite, everything will come right” is actually true, and that heroes can come in all shapes and sizes. We could all use a little bit of that, now anyone for a marmalade sandwich?
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