Paddington 2 (2017)
December 4, 2017 11:33 AM - Subscribe

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.
posted by pharm (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Saw this last night with the family. Genuinely heartwarming + lovely. I think it’s actually better than the first one & that’s a tall order. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hugh Grant enjoying himself quite that much before.

Out in the US at the beginning of January I believe - you should all go see it :)
posted by pharm at 11:35 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

They had a preview for it before Coco and it was one of the few that my kid and his friend seemed interested in. I'll keep an eye out for its release!
posted by tchemgrrl at 5:42 AM on December 11, 2017

I liked it (and my 9yo daughter loved it) but it felt a little sequel by committee, with all the big laughs of the first reprised in a slightly soulless way. But definitely not bad, and Hugh Grant gives great panto villain.
posted by Sebmojo at 2:11 PM on December 11, 2017

We just watched this. It’s easily the best recent Sally Hawkins movie with underwater peril and daring escapes. I loved it so much!
posted by gnuhavenpier at 12:37 PM on March 9, 2018

Sweet and entertaining and entirely pleasant, mostly non-stressful, and very charming.
posted by Glinn at 5:22 PM on November 22, 2018

This movie was pure wholesome fun. Hugh Grant was a campy delight.
posted by duffell at 7:38 PM on January 18, 2019

As usual, I'm a little late to getting around to watching something but this is currently streaming (free with ads) on Amazon Prime and I figured.. I liked the stories when I was a child, thought the first one was better than I expected it to be, and also I was, I confess, intrigued by the unusual and unexpected notoriety this film earned by virtue of having been (for a time, at least) the film with the highest aggregated critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It is, in fact, charming, uplifting, and far better than you would expect from a childrens' movie based on licensing a beloved book character and moving that character into the contemporary world.

Not only that but the casting is bonkers. I have this mental image of the casting director, at some point, telling a room full of hopefuls "I'm sorry but our talking bear movie is filling up fast. Will those of you who have had Oscar nominations or featured roles in a Royal Shakespeare Company production please step over to the left? And the rest of you, thank you for coming.." Well OK, maybe that's overstating a bit but there are some powerhouses of British theatrical and film acting who seem perfectly happy to be having fun in this film and the film is all the better for it.

Favorite throwaway gag: "Exit bear, pursued by an actor.."
posted by Nerd of the North at 10:21 PM on November 18, 2023

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