Paddington 2 (PG)

 

All settled in his new life, Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is the most popular member of the community, spreading love and marmalade wherever he goes.

We re-join everyone’s favourite bear and the lovely Brown family as Paddington frantically tries to find the perfect 100th birthday present for his beloved Aunt Lucy.

A visit to Mr Gruber’s (Jim Broadbent) antique shop ends up being rather fruitful as an old popup book of London that his aunt would love catches the bear’s eye.

The only problem is that the book is very expensive and so Paddington joins the workforce to earn the money needed for the precious present.

But, Paddington’s luck runs out when the prized book is stolen from Mr Gruber’s shop. When the thief scarpers, Paddington is left in a rather sticky situation with all paws pointed at him.

Unable to track down the real culprit the Peruvian bear is sent to jail, which is no place for a kind-natured character like him. So, the Brown’s and the rest of the community jump into action to save their beloved bear and get the justice he deserves.

Meanwhile Paddington, along with his fellow inmates, embarks on his own risky mission to unmask the thief before Aunt Lucy’s big day.

Paddington 2 is a delightful jaunt around London. It has the same whimsical charm as its predecessor but doesn’t hit the same notes. Paddington was a marmalade-covered love letter to both Michael Bond and London, whereas the sequel is more about the young bear’s adventures with the Brown family. Don’t get me wrong it’s still worth going to see, it’s just not as gorgeous as the first movie.

By Ruth Walker

★★★★☆

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