Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brenden Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington
Based on the character created by Michael Bond
Screenplay by Paul King and Simon Farnaby
Directed by Paul King
Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs
Out of Four
If you're in the U.K., this one is old news to you, but for those of us across the pond, the release of Paddington 2 saves us from what is traditionally the weakest movie month of the year. Apart from the Oscar holdovers (The Post sees its wide release the weekend), January is where movies (and Liam Neeson) go to die, and it's a tough month to make it through as a critic. But when one of my childhood favorites made it into the right hands at Heday Films, a classic was born, and the follow may not be quite as good, but it's awfully close.
|Image Courtesy Warner Bros. and Heyday Films|
|Making marmalade with Brendan Gleeson.|
Image Courtesy Warner Bros. and Heyday Films
This film is fast, funny and thoroughly charming every step of the way, and you not only owe it to yourself to see it, you owe it to the industry. The industry that gets told over and over again that not enough decent but high quality family friendly fare gets produced needs your encouragement to make more movies like Paddington 2, and it's a bit like voting. If you don't participate, you lose the right to gripe.
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