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*
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.
"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.