Film review: Paddington 2
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- Published on Sunday, 29 October 2017 16:38
- Last Updated on 06 November 2017
- Monica Costa
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Paddington 2 is without a doubt the perfect family comedy! In fact the best of 2017. It is really hard to find bad films these days and Paddington 2 is a real treat for children and parents alike.
The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief…
Paddington 2 is produced by multi award-winning David Heyman (producer of all eight of the HARRY POTTER films, GRAVITY, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM). Another masterpiece by BAFTA nominated director Paul King (PADDINGTON, COME FLY WITH ME, THE MIGHTY BOOSH) who has also written the screenplay together with Simon Farnaby (PADDINGTON, YONDERLAND and MINDHORN).
As in the first movie, Paddington 2 movie sees Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson join the all-star returning cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington and Imelda Staunton as Aunt Lucy.
Hugh Grant’s villainous character and Windsor Gardens’ local celebrity, PHOENIX BUCHANAN, is a vain, charming acting legend whose star has fallen somewhat in recent years. When Hugh Grant (a Golden Globe and BAFTA winner) is in a movie we are guaranteed a bit of classic British humour. My all time Hugh Grant movie has to be Four Weddings and a Funeral, although many would say he is best known for his memorable performances in films like LOVE ACTUALLY and ABOUT A BOY, and most recently for the critically acclaimed Stephen Frears’ comedy drama FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS opposite Meryl Streep.
Brendan Gleeson plays “KNUCKLES” MCGINTY, a notorious safe-cracker and legendary strongman who becomes an unexpected new ally for Paddington. Gleeson received an Emmy award for his portrayal of ‘Winston Churchill’ in HBO’s ‘INTO THE STORM’, and a Golden Globe nomination for IN BRUGES. Other recent credits include the HARRY POTTER series, EDGE OF TOMORROW and CALVARY. Upcoming features include Ben Affleck’s LIVE BY NIGHT, ASSASSIN’S CREED, ALONE IN BERLIN opposite Diane Keaton and TRESPASS AGAINST US opposite Michael Fassbender.
London Mums’ rating: 10/10
Kids’ rating: 9/10
PADDINGTON 2 is released in UK cinemas on 10 November 2017.
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For fans of Simon Farnaby and the Horrible Histories’ gang, watch this super funny interview:
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums