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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Paddington gets busted by the cops! Good thing he lives in London, not USA. The cops here may have just shot him dead and that would not have been a good movie for the little kiddies. Fortunately for everyone this is a great film for all ages. Sally Hawkins is an adorable mom and Hugh Grant is a perfect villain. Clever dialogue and inspired animation blended with live actors/real locations in England and Brazil. 4.1*
"Paddington" is like the "Curious George" for advanced pupils; it's a character and a concept American cinema would woefully butcher and turn into something crass like "Peter Rabbit." Under the careful care and attention of Paul King and cinematographer Erik Wilson, this sequel winds up surpassing the first in being a consistently funny, visual delight with Rube Goldberg-like mischief and genial performances.
Whimsical, crafted and exquisitely British entraining movie for all the ages. It's pretty and it makes you want to be kind to everyone. I only want to have children so I can show them this adorable film growing up.
Absolutely marvelous; so many standout sequences, from the forest in the cell to the underwater interaction between Paddington and Mary. This is clearly a movie deeply in love with cinema (with homages to directors like Chaplin and Buster Keaton), and given a sequel's reputation for increasing what worked about the original, it's wonderful that this one doubles up on subtle setups, keeping everything balanced.