PADDINGTON 2 Exuding Charm and Marmalade for the Whole Family


Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, the much-anticipated sequel, Paddington 2, reunites Paddington, the Brown family, and a hilarious new villain in a delightful, charming, wonderful film for audiences of all ages!

Paddington 2 stars Golden Globe nominee Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Shape of Water”), three-time Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (“The Guard,” “Into the Storm,” “In Bruges”), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (“Billy Elliot,” “Educating Rita”), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi (short, “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Dr. Who”), with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner Hugh Grant (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”), and BAFTA winner Ben Whishaw (“The Hollow Crown”) as the voice of Paddington.  The starring ensemble also includes Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”) as the voice of Aunt Lucy.


Helmed by twice BAFTA nominated director Paul King, Paddington 2 is co-produced by multi award-winning David Heyman / Heyday Films (producer of all eight of the “Harry Potter” films, “Gravity,”) and StudioCanal. “Paddington” and Paddington 2 are based on the best-selling and internationally adored series of children’s stories by the late Michael Bond. The British author’s book have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, been translated into over 40 languages and captured the imagination of children and adults around the globe.

About Paddington 2

The little Peruvian bear is happily settled with the Brown family as an important part of Windsor Gardens, spreading his unique joy, optimism, and marmalade sandwiches to all his London friends. While searching for the perfect gift for Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington discovers a rare pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop. The little bear commences upon a series of odd jobs to earn enough money to buy the book. One evening, the antique shop is broken into and the book stolen, with Paddington as the only witness to the crime. Unfortunately, he cannot convince the police of this fact; Paddington is arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to prison. It is up to the Browns and all those who love the little bear to unmask the thief, free Paddington, and bring him home.

Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Brown in PADDINGTON 2

It would be challenging to list the superlatives that could be attached to this film, not the least of which is the stellar animation, not only of Paddington himself, but the charming journey through the pop-up book with his Aunt Lucy. The filmmakers created such an inviting world that I willingly suspended my disbelief in the implausible notion of a bear from darkest Peru making a home with a middle-class family in London. Paddington lives by a code passed down to him from his aunt of good manners, preferring others to himself, and believing the best in everyone. While the whole Brown family, headed by Hugh Bonneville, delightfully reprises their roles from the original film, major props must be bestowed on Hugh Grant as the washed-up actor turned dog food spokesman, Phoenix Buchanan.

Aside from top-notch animation, acting, and film design, Paddington 2 has an absolutely enthralling story that will engage adults while keeping the little ones thoroughly entertained. While there is a bit of mild danger and some very nicely choreographed action sequences, this truly is a film that can, and should, be enjoyed by the whole family.

With a run time of 105 minutes, Paddington 2 is rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.

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