An impressive sequel in Paddington 2


Just in time for Kids movie season at Movie Junction, Paddington 2, the follow up to the first Paddington movie in 2014, is an impressive sequel. This sweet-natured, charming, unassuming and very funny film has a storyline that rattles along with a nonstop sucession of Grade-A gags conjured up by screenwriters Paul King (who also directs), Simon Farnaby and Jon Croker. Their screenplay perfectly catches the tone of the great master himself, Michael Bond, author of the original books, who died a few months ago at the age of 91.

The film is pitched with insouciant ease and a lightness of touch at both children and adults without any self-conscious shifts in irony or tone: it’s humour with the citrus tang of top-quality thick-cut marmalade. There’s a sight-gag involving the spurious breaking of a valuable vase that I particularly enjoyed. And although one could say its work on diversity is not complete, the film has a fair bit of material – now more pertinent than ever – about the way a confident, happy nation welcomes immigrants. The day-glo primary coloured design gives the movie a storybook feel, at some places a little like Wes Anderson… read more from Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian


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