PADDINGTON 2 (PG)
PADDINGTON 2 (PG)
Run time: 95 mins
Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Tom Conti, Ben Miller, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joanna Lumley, Richard Ayoade
Synopsis: 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…
Screening types: IMAX,Superscreen ViP 2D
Director Paul King [Paddington (2014); The Mighty Boosh TV (2004-2007)] returns with a sequel which is arguably better than the original and a very fitting tribute to the creator, Michael Bond who died in June. A perfect film for all the family, Paddington 2 works on all levels. The animation is brilliant, coupled with a witty script which is packed with laughs, thrills, action sequences, great characters, some from the original film and some new. All the fun and charm make for a perfect seasonal film for all ages.
Hugh Grant [Florence Foster Jenkins (2016); Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004); Love Actually (2003); Notting Hill (1999)] turns in a barnstorming performance as Phoenix Buchanan – the film’s antagonist and total cad.
Brendan Gleeson [Hampstead (2017); Trespass Against Us (2016), Calvary (2014), In Bruges (2008)] gives a superb comic performance as Nuckles and Paddington 2 is brimful of famous faces and acting national treasures such as Tom Conti, Joanna Lumley, Jim Broadbent, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Richard Ayoade.
But this is Paddington’s film and Ben Whishaw’s faultless voice acting make for an endearing and enduring watchable treat. Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pastuzo are voiced again by the peerless Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon.
Recommended as one of the year’s biggest delights.
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