“Paddington 2” Embodies Everything That Is “Feel Good” Cinema

Paddington 2 is a true family film, it has something for everyone, providing not only spectacular animation and laugh out loud humour, but a message that with good intentions come glorious endings.

Paddington 2Perhaps I went into Paddington 2 with a lack of expectancy, but even with that in mind, I have to admit this film is one that everyone, of every age, should see! I was beyond pleasantly surprised.

This sweet little sequel embeds within it every aspect a feel good film should. From comedy to heart-warming scenes to moral messages. The adventure of Paddington 2 is sheer enjoyment that will brighten anyone’s day!

The film circles around young Paddington loving life in London, and attempting to earn enough money to send his Aunt Lucy the best present he can think of. Now that might sound a little bland, but this film is far from it. The charming bear captures audience hearts with ease and provides us with an exciting, comical journey that really does drag us from any worries surrounding everyday life.

On his journey to find work, he manages to find himself in quite a bit of bother, thanks to Hugh Grant (who plays Phoenix Buchanan) and his crafty ways. Which even lands the young bear in prison. But not to fear, even after being put on laundry duty and dyeing all the inmates’ clothing pink, the bear still manages to find himself some pretty handy friends. Thanks to his trusty marmalade recipe nonetheless!

Paddington’s genuine kindness has allowed him to become a popular member of his local community, with members relying on him to ensure their days run as smoothly and happily as possible. Given his unfair prison sentence, and the community being somewhat lost without him, everyone embarks on an epic quest to capture the thief who stole a priceless pop-up book of London. The one which Paddington was saving up to purchase for his beloved Aunt on her 100th birthday. The journey brings everyone together, community members and prisoners alike!

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The sensational direction of Paul King provides us with modern cinematography that keeps our eyes glued to the screen. At times the unique camera motions are almost Wes Anderson like, which provides us with even more reason to keep enjoying every moment! With each scene we are captivated into the heart of this bear and his adopted human family, as they do all in their power to get their beloved bear back home safely.

I’d like to take a moment to remark on how spectacular Hugh Grant is throughout the film. His unique approach to taking on various alter egos makes this one of his best ever performances! His ability to swap between identities and remain comical is admirable. He’s a big reason why Paddington 2 surpasses its predecessor. It’s an exquisite reminder of the good that can happen when people come together with human kindness, a little imagination and some marmalade!

The film is both outstandingly warm and quintessentially British, which will capture the hearts and minds of children, teenagers and adults, boosting a charming atmosphere throughout. There is even a cheeky musical number that’s wonderfully amusing courtesy of Grant’s comic energy. Paddington 2 is a true family film, it has something for everyone, providing not only spectacular animation and laugh out loud humour, but a message that with good intentions come glorious endings.

paddington 2, five stars, Top 10 Films

Written by Leah Jade Wimpenny

Paddington 2Directed by: Paul King
Written by: Paul King, Simon Farnaby
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw
Released: 2017 / Genre: Comedy
Country: UK / IMDB
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Top 10 Films reviewed Paddington 2 on DVD courtesy of Studiocanal. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray March 12 in the UK.

About the Author
Leah is a former student of film, media and culture studies and English literature at the University of Huddersfield. When not in uni or writing for magazines she is pulling pints in the local pub, drinking an excessive amount of tea or reading up on the latest philosophical theories.

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