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Paddington 2

#1 Post by kevinknapman » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:26 am

Though it might be lacking the element of surprise that made the first film such a welcome pleasure to sit through, Paddington 2 is all kinds of wonderful and then some.

Managing to deliver fresh set pieces and hilarious callbacks (hello Simon Farnaby) in a sequel that manages the rare feat of equalling, if not occasionally surpassing, the first film.

Director Paul King also returns and with screenwriting partner Farnaby now on board offers up a film that is as incredibly funny and delightfully inventive second time round, while ensuring again that the comic whimsy never undermines the film's strong emotional core and that the spirit of Michael Bond's creation remains.

The majority of the original cast return with Ben Whishaw's perfectly voiced Paddington unsurprisingly dominating. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, (Dame) Julie Waters, Peter Capaldi and Jim Broadbent also all have their moments to shine. While newcomers Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson have rarely been better. Grant in particular clearly having a ball playing the pompous and slightly unhinged actor Phoenix Buchanan, stealing scenes left, right and centre.
The rest of the cast is stuffed full of British comic talent (plus Aussie Noah Taylor) too numerous to mention.

A film to sit back and savour before rewatching it again to catch the background gags you missed first time, Paddington 2 barely puts a foot wrong.
King and co. do an impressive job making this all look so effortless when it clearly isn't.

That the past couple of weeks has given us, with this and Thor Ragnarok, two of the most purely enjoyable and downright fun films of the year is surely something to celebrate.
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Re: Paddington 2

#2 Post by McG » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:47 am

I was really looking forward to seeing this so booked a lunchtime viewing on its release date as I thought it would be great to have the first viewing without disturbance as children would still be at school . . .There were only 8 of us in the screening and the adult and 2 teenagers Sat near us all using mobile phones!!! The minute the film started I asked them to switch them off but one young lady decided it didn't apply to her! Repeat my request to switch it off!
Now to the film . . .it was everything I expected! I wish they would not show so much in adverts for the film because did find myself thinking ' Oh this is the bit where X happens!' which doesn't allow the film to be totally fresh.
I absolutely loved Paddington and the facial expressions he did. Hugh Grant appeared to be having a great time playing the part of the has been actor. . .in fact it's probably one of his best roles.
I will definitely go and see it again and the film should appeal to children, young and old!
Ps if they want a suggestion for Paddington 3 i would suggest a Christmas film with Santa along the lines of M & S advert which I love.
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#3 Post by alythonian » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:31 pm

Absolutely loved this.what a deligtful film. Sweet and fun. 9/10

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#4 Post by Diamond1 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:02 am

As good as the first Paddington film.... maybe even better. Charming and adorable! A film for all ages! Very well acted and I just like it to bits! :-)

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#5 Post by mazzaholmes » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:55 pm

As someone who has not seen the first Paddington film I was not especially keen to watch this one, but on a miserable afternoon thought I'd give it a go.

And I was not disappointed!

A heart-warming tale of friendship, family, and a community that rallies together in a fight against mis-justice.

A fantastic performance by the entire cast made me think that I need to give "children's films" (which I usually avoid) much more credit.

A must-see for all ages.

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#6 Post by tonethestone » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:39 pm

Excellent film, Hugh Grant is brilliant. As good as the first which is a big compliment. 4/5.
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#7 Post by yogi » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:59 pm

Diamond1 wrote:As good as the first Paddington film.... maybe even better. Charming and adorable! A film for all ages! Very well acted and I just like it to bits! :-)
Very well put, this was just fantastic.

My viewing could easily have turned out badly - I had sky high expectations, but we had to wait an hour because the screening we went for was sold out (very rare) and then we could only get tickets in the back corner sitting separately from each other, but despite that I loved it just as much as P1.

Just listened to Kermode's film show and someone compared Paddington's impact on the residents of Windsor Gardens to George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life. That is very high praise indeed, but deserved. It has the same spirit and certainly belongs in that sort of company.

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#8 Post by Nazerino » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:19 pm

Really enjoyed the all star cast and references to London behaviour with throwbacks to Paddington in the olden days, escpeically Bredon Gleeson's tunr as knuckles and Hugh Grant as a comical villain in place of hapless romantic

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#9 Post by Diamond1 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:49 am

Brilliant family film - even better than the first Paddington film. Great!!!

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#10 Post by prettyxcool » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:57 pm

Finally, got round to seeing this. An absolute delight. What a heartwarming, fun, charming and witty Christmas treat. All the excellent cast are back, with the addition of Hugh Grant and loads of cameos. Hugh is brilliant, with a superb over the top performance as the baddie, and he is obviously thoroughly enjoying himself, sending himself up. Even the small cameos by Joanna Lumley and Rob Brydon are clearly done with great love from the actors. Love the scenes in the prison, and Brendan Gleeson as Knuckles, the cook.

Paddington is an adorable character and this is a very inventive and imaginative animation. I especially loved the pop up book of London. I was totally absorbed in this world. 10/10

Pity my attention was occasionally disturbed by the lights being full on for almost three-quarters of the film! I was hoping that the cinema staff would have noticed at the beginning of the film, but they did not and several times in the film, I did wonder if I should miss five minutes by searching out a staff, but I did not want to miss any of the film. Finally, the lights went off during the last 20 minutes when you could really appreciate the vibrancy and beautiful colours of the animation, which was a bit washed out when all the lights were on. However, this was short-lived, 2 minutes before the credits the lights came back on again.

When the film finished, I sought out the Manager to make a complaint, there was no cinema experience, it was like watching the film in my own front room! Also I complained about the West End prices of my local cinema in Zone 2, £13.25 for a ticket (luckily I got it free from 02 Priority). With those prices why should people not go to the West End instead and get a better cinema! Apparently, Odeon's Head Office decided this branch in Camden was in the West End, and also since the last Paddington was so successful, decided to take advantage and increased the prices too! I was unimpressed and asked for some form of compensation. He went away and came back with a voucher and told me it had no expiry date and really pleased with himself told me I could use it for 2D or 3D screenings. I asked if it could be used at any Odeon, he said I could, but he hoped that I would return. I said I would if he gave me another! LOL He just laughed! I tried :shifty:
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