812. Paddington 2

Title: Paddington 2
Director: Paul King
Year: 2017
Run time: 1hr 43m

“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….”

Live blog

1:37 – Eeek, Paddington as a bear cub is the cutest thing ever.
4:36 – Too many awesome people, can’t cope.
7:04 – “Memory-bilia.” Why isn’t it actually called that? Makes more sense.
7:20 – Paddington goes all puffer fish. Love it!
15:37 – The light pollution coming off that steam fair!
20:42 – He is really good at these windows, they’re sparkling clean.
28:08 – Was not expecting Richard Ayoade to pop up!
29:52 – “Ten years for grand theft and grievous barberly harm.”
32:10 – Sad as it is, Paddington at least has a room to himself. That’s pretty cushy as prisons go.
37:19 – “Nobody squirts condiments on my apron.”
46:00 – Just realised Paddington stares are basically Paddington rage.
55:23 – “We’re fond of the little fella.” Yes, we are!
57:42 – The parrot has sussed it. Parrot detective.
1:05:43 – This Phoenix character has some outfits. Purple!
1:10:46 – Poor sad Paddington.
1:19:46 – Haha, what kind of refuse emergency could there be? Love it.
1:20:56 – What even is a choke?
1:21:29 – “Remember you’re a bin.”
1:25:03 – Steam train chase.
1:37:36 – Knuckel’s Sandwiches is genius.

Conclusions

After loving the first film, I was eagerly anticipating the return of Ben Whishaw’s soft-spoken but impactful bear, and I wasn’t disappointed. Somehow, this film seemed even better than the first – perhaps because we got to dive right into the adventures with Paddington, and also perhaps because the villain in this instance wasn’t quite so intent on a murderous spree and was more about greed than anything.

There were lots of great characters returning, and plenty of new ones, with some familiar faces to make it feel like a homely piece of work. But most of all it’s one of those films that tugs on the heartstrings in all the right ways and just makes you feel a bit better about the difficult world we live in.

Rating: 5/5.