Prepare yourselves for another dose of adorable, wholesome and heart-warming family fun: Paddington is back!
The first Paddington movie was one of those gems that could reduce even the most hard-hearted cynic to a misty-eyed hugger. It was nostalgic and silly; it kept the perfect balance of a warm moral core without being preachy, it was fun for the kids without boring the adults to tears, and it was classic British heritage without being twee. Watching it is like drinking the perfect cup of tea while snuggled under a fuzzy blanket with assorted sleepy puppies. Here’s a clip from the first movie for those of you who haven’t seen it and might not believe me — it’s the moment where Paddington meets the Browns.
Aaaand, one more clip for luck:
FYI, Peter Rabbit: this is how you adapt beloved characters from children’s books.
Apart from Nicole Kidman, all of the big names are back for the sequel, and there are some new additions this time around, including Brendan Gleeson and Hugh Grant. Grant looks like he’s having a blast as the villain of the piece, Phoenix Buchanan, a former VIP actor who is now stuck doing dog food commercials and dreaming of big money.
That’s where the plot kicks in; there’s a pop-up book that Paddington wants to buy for Aunt Lucy (HOW CAN A POP-UP BOOK MAKE ME WANT TO CRY SO MUCH?) and that he is accused of stealing. Can his family and friends help clear his name and catch the real culprit? Of course they will. And there’ll be plenty of clumsiness, bathroom mishaps and marmalade sandwiches along the way. Predictable, yes. But who cares? Hopefully, it’s chicken soup for the soul all over again, because we could really do with some right now…
P.S. That’s some ill-advised train yoga, Mr Brown.