If you loved the first one, you’ll absolutely ADORE “Paddington 2.” It is full of charm, wit, hope, and love. But with all of that comes a bit of conflict as well.
“Paddington 2” follows the worldwide success of the first film and brings us back into Paddington’s world and his life as he’s settled in with the Browns in London. Things are going swimmingly, with the loveable bear having had a positive effect on his neighbors and neighborhood alike.
We find him searching for the perfect gift for his beloved Aunt Lucy — whom we got a bit more insight on during a flashback — but is dismayed when a great gift comes with a hefty price tag. But not only is this pop-up book Paddington desires expensive, it’s also the catalyst for a string of events that land him in prison.
With his cleverly optimistic outlook on life, Paddington is sure the Browns can help him, while he continues to learn more and more about the people around him.
This is a heartwarming film. All of the characters give you a reason to either love them or not, and at times you’ll find that you’ll switch those sentiments throughout. There are several life lessons Paddington repeats throughout the film and you’ll find them refreshing and ones that you’ll want to remember for your everyday life.
Hugh Grant as an oh-so-clever actor and mysterious neighbor is a great addition to the film and surprisingly nails his character’s mannerisms and quirks.
This movie is perfect for kids, but honestly, adults will love it as well — as was the sentiment in the theater when the movie finished.
I will say, hold on to your tissues for the end scene, it’s kind of a tearjerker.