Paddington Bear 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community. 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 the book is stolen, causing major problems for Paddington and the Browns…
Oh, I love Paddington. I didn’t grow up on the books but I do think these movies delight the soul with how pure and lovely they are. I don’t know if that magic comes from the books’ author Michael Bond or the film’s producer David Heyman.
This movie has plenty plot for a simple story. We have jailbreaks, runaway trains, and even a treasure map. Most importantly we have marmalade. Lots and lots of marmalade. Oh and laughs. There are plenty learnings amongst the many themes from the community in the modern world, the place of immigrants in that community, to giving people second chances, even growing older and dealing with abandonment.
I think everyone has said it but it does look like a Wes Anderson film if not feel like one (because that would be wrong). All the performances are wonderful and I really can’t emphasize enough how perfectly cast this film is. In particular, Hugh Grant who is just so amazing in this role that I demand he gets an Oscar and Duncan Jones (Director of Moon & Warcraft) agrees with me so that’s all the matters.
What a lovely movie. Bring tissues.