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Paddington 2

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Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

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Cast

Ben Whishaw – Paddington (voice)

Sally Hawkins – Mrs. Brown

Hugh Bonneville – Mr. Brown

Hugh Grant – Phoenix Buchanan

Brendan Gleeson – Knuckles McGinty

Julie Walters – Mrs. Bird

Jim Broadbent – Samuel Gruber

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Beary Good

I couldn’t believe how wonderfully watchable Paddington 2 was as I sat there in the cinema on Friday afternoon. The simple story, lovely animation, good casting, colourful scenes all added to its entertaining vibe. This is a movie which doesn’t exactly smash the first instalment, but adds nicely to the series anyway. Paddington (2014) bounced into cinemas with delight, giving audiences something fresh but Paddington 2 (2017) is of a slightly lower level. With the bear now fully introduced to the world, the movie is less adventurous and basically – another chapter. Meaning these films could go on for years..

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You get some lovely moments in this film, especially between our furry hero and people he meets during his daily activities. Whishaw does a fantastic job of voicing Paddington; his dulcet voice softening each scene with husky spoken words. The titular character is adorable to watch as well as listen to, providing an innocent protagonist who is non-stop entertainment.

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Paddington 2 includes some endearing comic moments as well as a couple of more serious ones – especially towards the end. But the overall movie itself is a splendid affair and will be treasured by fans, loved by non-fans – it’s just one of those things. Suitable for the whole family, this is to be enjoyed heartily with its perfect dosage of colour, comedy, and thoughtful messages. Give it a pop, but definitely make sure the kids see it too.

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