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Paddington 2 (2018) Review

IF WE’RE KIND AND POLITE,

THE WORLD WILL BE RIGHT


 

Back at the beginning of 2015, during the same January opening weekend that Kevin Hart’s comedy film Wedding Ringer and Bradley Cooper’s bio-pic drama American Sniper were released, a little and polite bear made his first big-screen debut with the movie Paddington. First released in November of 2014 in the UK (before making his US debut a few months later), Paddington, which was based off of the book character of the same name from author Michael Bond, was directed by Paul King and the tale of a young polite bear named Paddington, who moved into the Brown family in London and learned what it meant to be a part of a family, while evading the grips of a villainous taxidermist. It was a whimsical film that featured childish fun and mischief, with the movie being targeted for the young “juice box” crowd”, but also presented a heartwarming tale of family and acceptance. Paddington went on gain mostly positive reviews from both critics and moviegoers everywhere and did gain a sizeable return on its investment, cultivating roughly $268 million against its production budget, which estimated around $50 million. This success proved strong enough for a follow-up adventure to be greenlit to be commissioned in sometime in the near future. Now, StudioCanal, Heday Films and director Paul King present the second chapter in the world’s most “polite” bear with the movie Paddington 2. Does this second installment shine bright as its predecessor or does it fail to impress and lack emotional heart and mischievous fun in this second helping of a feature? Read more

Paddington Review

A DELIGHTFUL BEAR OF A TALE


Paddington Bear. First appearing in 1958 and written Michael Bond, the world has fallen in love with this classic piece of children’s literature, following the misadventures of a polite and loveable anthropomorphized bear in the human world. The books themselves (more than twenty books written by Bond) have sold over thirty million copies worldwide and translated into thirty different languages. Paddington’s popularity continued beyond the books, adapting the character into several animated television series over the years and now with his first feature film titled Paddington. With the movie pushed back almost a month to avoid bigger films, does this up-to-date movie continue Paddington’s endearing legacy or is it one too many marmalade helpings for this CG animated bear?
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