Paddington 2  Review: A Cuddly, Cushy & Comfortable Bear Hug For Anyone & Everyone
Packing even more charm, warmth & cinematic goodness than last time around, Paddington 2 is an affectionately crafted, elegantly narrated & sincerely performed family-friendly extravaganza that delivers another touching, compassionate & genuinely heartfelt escapism entertainment, and is one of the most endearing films of the year.
Packing even more charm, warmth & cinematic goodness than last time around, the follow-up chapter to Paddington is an improvement upon its already pleasant & incessantly delightful predecessor and delivers another pure, funny & enjoyable escapism entertainment to finish as one of the most endearing films of the year.
Co-written & directed by Paul King, the film retains all the heartiness & wonderful flavours of the first film and builds a sweet, joyous & mesmerising story on top of that. As before, King keeps the premise simple and infuses it with plenty of heart & sweetness without overdoing any of it. Add to that, the narrative flow is smooth throughout.
Spreading endless joy & marmalades no matter where he goes, the eponymous bear feels more human than most humans and through him, the film exquisitely underlines the importance & beauty of basic human decency. Just like last time, King doesn’t go in-your-face with the themes but does offer a peek at the world we’d be living in if we treated everyone with kindness.
Coming to the performances, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, the two kids reprise their role of the Brown family. Ben Whishaw also returns as the voice of the titular bear and is more relaxed this time. The new additions include Brendan Gleeson & Hugh Grant, both of whom leave a solid impression and play their part brilliantly, especially the latter who simply embraces his character and runs with it.