Paddington 2 Review
by E. Stevens
***** 5 Stars
‘Hugh Grant in particular steals the show as glamorous and highly dramatic actor Phoenix Buchanan.’
Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville & Sally Hawkins
Synopsis: Paddington finds the perfect present for Aunt Lucy’s birthday, but when it gets stolen he must prove his innocence and solve a very old mystery.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first Paddington movie, and when I heard that there was going to be a second part I was afraid it simply wouldn’t be as good. However, I believe that this is one of the few sequels that truly lives up to the original. Just like the first film, Paddington 2 is light-hearted and hilarious, but also touching.
The film begins with Aunt Lucy’s birthday fast approaching, and Paddington wants to find the perfect present. While working at Gruber’s Antiques, he comes across a beautiful old pop-up book of London, and is determined to purchase it. But a few weeks later the book is stolen by a mysterious thief. Paddington is framed for the crime, and it is up to the Browns to uncover the truth about the book.
One of the best parts of this movie was the scene where Paddington imagines himself and Aunt Lucy walking through the pop-up book, and the paper version of London comes to life, which was truly beautiful. Another fantastic scene was when Paddington is in prison, and imagines he is back in the rainforests of Peru. These scenes really capture the magic of the first movie.
Despite these heart-warming parts of the film, there were some funny moments too. Hugh Grant in particular steals the show as glamorous and highly dramatic actor Phoenix Buchanan. In my opinion, his best scene was in the end credits, as it is guaranteed to make the viewer smile. Although Grant without a doubt gives the most enjoyable performance, Peter Capaldi reappears in the sequel as the next door neighbour everyone loves to hate, Mr Curry, who definitely also has his hilarious scenes. Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins were also particularly entertaining as Mr and Mrs Brown.
The only fault I could find with this film was that some characters lacked a little development, but this is easy to overlook as it is only true for a handful of characters. Although some scenes, such as the prison transforming into a beautifully decorated café, are unrealistic, this was clearly intentional. For example, the prison’s transformation could be interpreted as a metaphor for the happiness Paddington brings to the people he meets.
Overall, although this film is aimed at a young audience, it will definitely provide laughs and smiles for parents and any older viewers.
Paddington 2 is currently available on BBC iPlayer and was rated PG by the BBFC.