Paddington 2 movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Surprisingly, this sequel to 2014’s family comedy is much improved! Families with young children can expect a more adventurous, entertaining and climatic tale with an excellent new set of sweet laughs. Better than the original?


Paddington the bear, now settled in nicely with the Brown family, takes up numerous jobs to earn enough money to buy the perfect gift for his Aunt Lucy on her 100th birthday, but it shortly gets stolen.

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Movie details

Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters
Writer: Paul King, Simon Farnaby
Release Date (Australia): 21 December 2017
Runtime: 103 minutes/1h 43m
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: UK, France
Language: English


Themes (G)

The film features sequences of peril and threat and includes instances of crude humour.

Violence (G)

A character is hit in the head with a baseball.

mpaa rating

PG (for some action and mild rude humor)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Paddington serves some heartfelt jail time, Hugh Grant’s the witty antagonist, the plot ventures to a much bigger extent: as a result, Paddington 2 is simply better than its predecessor. It’s just fun, pleasing and extraordinarily delightful to know this is where Michael Bond’s beloved books have travelled to. Paddington the bear serves time in prison after being falsely accused of theft, whilst his loving family work out the suspect behind all the crime. It’s a fairly easy but utterly marvellous concept.

Paul King continues to guide us through the story just like he did with the beloved 2014 predecessor with fine touches of family humour. However, he’s definitely improved and knows how to engage families with young children with a brand new and surprisingly splendid plot. Paddington 2 obviously continues with slapstick and silly humour and witty characters, but considering kids will have seen the first film a tiring amount of times, it’s completely fresh, entertaining and feels great to receive something new.

Ben Whishaw and the cast who enrol the Brown family are all back and are better than ever, but Hugh Grant is a new and fun character, who happens to be the antagonist. Paddington 2 is a light-hearted family mystery, but we see Grant’s perspective of the villain as we watch the Browns try to put the puzzle pieces together.

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