Paddington 2 Movie Review
Paddington 2 is a reminder (yet again) that children’s movies don’t need to pander to the lowest common denominator. A feel-good tale that is highly entertaining, adorable and packed with little life lessons (such as if you’re sent to prison for a crime you didn’t commit, make sure to have your marmalade handy), Paddington 2 is a must-see for families.
Its reputation as the best movie of the year, as some critics have claimed, are a little overblown.
With expectations sky high based on the film’s praise during its unfortunately short U.S. theatrical run, Paddington 2 wasn’t quite as remarkable as I had heard—it was just more of the same that was seen in the original.
But after a day of reflection, my initial disappointment has been replaced by a simple reminder: more of the same—the first Paddington is one of the best family movies of the 21st century (and on Netflix right now, FYI)—isn’t such a bad thing.
Ben Whishaw once again does terrific voice work as Mr. Bear, and Hugh Grant joins the cast as a fantastically entertaining villain. Brendan Gleeson is also an inspired addition, and the returning cast is aces. Director and co-writer Paul King has once again concocted an enjoyable, spirited, adventurous tale that challenges you to smile (and inevitably wins).
While Paddington 2 may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread as some have claimed, it is nonetheless an entertaining, well made family film that will make you feel warm, tingly and full of marmalade.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.