** Title:** Paddington 2 Director: Paul King Year: 2017 Run time: 1hr 43m
“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….”
1:37 - Eeek, Paddington as a bear cub is the cutest thing ever. 4:36 - Too many awesome people, can’t cope. 7:04 - “Memory-bilia.” Why isn’t it actually called that? Makes more sense. 7:20 - Paddington goes all puffer fish. Love it! 15:37 - The light pollution coming off that steam fair! 20:42 - He is really good at these windows, they’re sparkling clean. 28:08 - Was not expecting Richard Ayoade to pop up! 29:52 - “Ten years for grand theft and grievous barberly harm.” 32:10 - Sad as it is, Paddington at least has a room to himself. That’s pretty cushy as prisons go. 37:19 - “Nobody squirts condiments on my apron.” 46:00 - Just realised Paddington stares are basically Paddington rage. 55:23 - “We’re fond of the little fella.” Yes, we are! 57:42 - The parrot has sussed it. Parrot detective. 1:05:43 - This Phoenix character has some outfits. Purple! 1:10:46 - Poor sad Paddington. 1:19:46 - Haha, what kind of refuse emergency could there be? Love it. 1:20:56 - What even is a choke? 1:21:29 - “Remember you’re a bin.” 1:25:03 - Steam train chase. 1:37:36 - Knuckel’s Sandwiches is genius.
After loving the first film, I was eagerly anticipating the return of Ben Whishaw’s soft-spoken but impactful bear, and I wasn’t disappointed. Somehow, this film seemed even better than the first - perhaps because we got to dive right into the adventures with Paddington, and also perhaps because the villain in this instance wasn’t quite so intent on a murderous spree and was more about greed than anything.
There were lots of great characters returning, and plenty of new ones, with some familiar faces to make it feel like a homely piece of work. But most of all it’s one of those films that tugs on the heartstrings in all the right ways and just makes you feel a bit better about the difficult world we live in.