PADDINGTON 2 (PG)
D: Paul King
Studio Canal/Heyday (David Heyman)
W: Paul King & Simon Farnaby [based on characters created by Michael Bond]
DP: Erik Wilson
Ed: Mark Everson & Jonathan Amos
Mus: Dario Marianelli
Hugh Bonneville (Henry Brown), Sally Hawkins (Mary Brown), Hugh Grant (Phoenix Buchanan), Brendan Gleeson (Knuckles McGinty), Julie Walters (Mrs. Bird), Jim Broadbent (Samuel Gruber), Ben Whishaw (voice of Paddington Bear)
The first Paddington movie was a pleasant surprise when it was released in 2014, well received by audiences and critics alike.
This 2017 sequel doesn't match the original for story or humour, but is still great, clean family entertainment.
Now settled with the Brown family in England, Paddington attempts to get a job so he can buy a birthday present for his Aunt in Peru, and after a bad experience working in a barber shop, he finds success as a window cleaner. Trouble strikes when he witnesses a robbery of Gruber's Antiques Shop, but it's Paddington who is arrested and sentenced for the crime. The Brown family attempt to clear his name on the outside by finding the real culprit, while Paddington struggles with his life behind bars.
All the cast are just fine, especially Ben Whishaw, who is the perfect voice actor to portray Paddington, bringing much humanity to the CGI bear. It's not the type of film which will be queuing up for little gold men come awards season, but it's a perfect film for a family to snuggle around on a cold, wintry weekend.