Tuesday, 11 December, 2018


Hugh Grant steals scenes in delightful 'Paddington 2'

Wee Ol' Teddy Marmalade Ben Whishaw voices the perpetually well-meaning bear in Paddington 2 Wee Ol Teddy Marmalade Ben Whishaw voices the perpetually well-meaning bear in Paddington 2. Warner Bros
Hannah Rogers | 12 January, 2018, 21:26

One that entrances not only children, but the parents who actually tote them to the theaters.

"Paddington 2" is the best-reviewed movie of 2018 so far, with a solid 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

But the real draw of Paddington and his friends are the warm, cute characters straight out of a bed time story book. This time around, the lovable bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) with a weakness for NO, not honey; but marmalade, is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to jail.

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 ideal present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. A tour through the pop-up book turns literal, animating London into a 3-D-looking children's book. One night Paddington notices a unusual man breaking into the antique store that houses the coveted pop-up book, attempts to stop it and wrongly ends up in prison.

Kate Erbland, Indie Wire: "If there's anything at all amiss in King and Simon Farnaby's screenplay, it's a slightly convoluted start that centers on the book, the carnival, Paddington's attempt to make money, and the eventual introduction of Hugh Grant's dastardly villain, evil actor Phoenix Buchanan (everyone in the movie is obviously have a wonderful time, but no one is having as good a time as Grant)".

This is all a delight, but what really elevates "Paddington 2" into special territory is Hugh Grant's performance as a once-famous actor now forced to do dog food commercials to pay his bills. Thankfully it's all building to something better, which is not coincidentally related to the arrival of Hugh Grant. Unfortunately, a problematic situation arises with a narcissistic down on his luck fair entertainer (Hugh Grant) who robs the antique shop of the pop-up book, framing Paddington in the process. Brown in the franchise, joked to HuffPost on Build Series Tuesday.

You wouldn't imagine a bear in the big house would be fertile ground for comedy but in this instance, you would be mistaken. Paddington as a character was loved by the audience because it was inherently very good and there was not an inch of malice in him which is mostly the case animated films as they are primarily for children.

"People have been calling it the "Godfather: Part II" of the family movie genre, which is praise indeed", Bonneville said.

To their credit, VFX team has increased their abilities in order to make the film bigger and more dream like in terms of the world generated. "Getting ready for the new film will be one of the most charming study assignments of your life". "It's actually a film that does genuinely appeal across the generations, and that all comes from Paul's spirit".

Whether Paddington is doing kind deeds for his neighbors or winning over the prison's cantankerous cook, Knuckles McGinty (Brendan Gleeson), he moves through London spreading generosity, joy, and acceptance - a message that's never preachy but feels particularly powerful in the wake of Brexit. Let us know in the comments. As we learn from a flashback that begins the film, Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pastuzo (voiced by Michael Gambon) were planning on visiting London right before they brought Paddington, a lost cub in need, into their family.

"Instead "Paddington 2" follows the guileless lead of its earnest, ursine little tramp, suggesting tactfully that cinematic ingenuity is another way of showing good manners".

The civilian cast has lots to nibble on, too: Hugh Bonneville's pleasantly exasperated Mr.

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