Paddington 2 (2017)

I’ve never seen the first film and wasn’t a big fan of the stories much as a child, so I went into this not knowing what to expect and I can honestly say that it was one of the biggest surprises of the year for me!

The story is magic! Treasure maps, dress up and prison food? what isn’t there to love?

Ben Whishaw is fantastic as the voice of the sweet talking bear. He manages to nail the naivety and innocence perfectly. Anytime that cuddly little dude is on screen you can’t help but ‘awww’.

Hugh Grant also amazes as Pheonix Buchanan. Every one loves a camp bad guy and he really is the campest of them all. The casting as a whole is amazing and each and every actor puts in an amazing performance. There are lots of familiar faces and they all bring their own sparkle to the screen which helps make this movie a dream to watch.

It’s beautiful to look at, there’s tonnes of colour and it actually makes London looks so picturesque. The scene with the pop up book is a delight and a good example of how this film is not only one of the best British films I’ve seen in a long time, it’s also one of the most inventive.

To me, it’s a pretty much the perfect family film with lots of laughs and even a few tears thrown into the mix. It’s not too childish or dumbed down – it’s just quirky and full of so much heart. I was smiling the whole way through.

Smiles aside, this is by no means a generic kids film that pulls on your heart strings with no real substance. It’s a well written story with exciting characters and offers a pleasant relief from all these dark tunnels that recent movies seem to be moving down. It’s different, it’s charming and I really think that every one out there should go and watch it.

9/10 – I don’t understand how anybody could come out of this film and not enjoy it. I just wish that people would stop spending money on trash like Justice League and help pull in the profits that Paddington really deserves.

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