In 2015, Writer/Director Paul King’s Paddington was the first of only three films I gave a rating of 5 out of 5.
I’m happy to report that his Paddington 2 is as delightful as the original and, in some respects, is even sweeter.
The plot by King and Co-Writers Michael Bond and Simon Farnaby concerns Paddington’s (voice of Ben Whishaw) desire to find a perfect gift for his Aunt Lucy (voice of Imelda Staunton), who raised him and still lives back in the jungle where he was born.
An antique pop-up book with representations of 12 famous London landmarks seems to be the perfect gift. However, it is very expensive and that prompts Paddington to take on jobs, all of which are disastrous.
When a dastardly magician, delightfully played by Hugh Grant, steals the book, knowing that it holds the key to a hidden treasure, Paddington is falsely convicted of the crime and that is when the fun goes into a non-stop comic romp.
Paddington 2 is perfect entertainment for people of all ages and, like its predecessor, is the first film of the year that I’m giving a 5 out of 5.