The first Paddington was a warm hug of a film. Such a lovely thing!
It’s sequel – the cunningly titled Paddington 2 – was released around the time I was busy becoming a Father, so it slipped by me. But now, with a near two year old, it’s the perfect time to catch up.
Much like the first, it’s a generally nice time, with pitch perfect performances by Whishaw and the entire Brown family. Where it’s weaker is the stories insistence on keeping the family apart for a lot of the film. I understand why, but it stretches an already thin story across too many strands. Sounds pretty negative but it isn’t a big problem. Ultimately you’re still getting scenes of Paddington meaning well but getting himself into scrapes, and that’s really what we’re here for.
When comparing the two though, there is one thing the second film has that the first didn’t.
He’s a revelation! I had him down as charming and inoffensive; the epitome of the English stereotype. He couldn’t possibly you see. Who knew he could do convincing accents! Grant is bloody fantastic as the villain. Has he been wasted as an actor? Or have I have just not seen enough of him? Either way I’ve gained quite the appreciation for him here.
Still a thoroughly nice time for all the family, my criticism of Paddington 2 isn’t all that strong to be honest. If you liked the first one, you’re going to feel all warm and tingly inside watching this one too. Such a good-natured film; I struggle to see how anyone couldn’t get on with it.
P.S. My little one was keen on what she did see. 90 minutes plus is still as long time for her, but she seems keen on more ‘bear bear’. Looking forward to Paddington 3 being a family cinema trip!