I saw Paddington 2 on Monday 20th November with my Mum and sister at the Vue Cinema and I have to say it was truly marvellous. The film features a snappy, classic narrative arc, a lovable Special FX bear (that looks scarily real may I add!) and some of the finest and well-loved British actors of this generation, what’s not to love?! I couldn’t help but laugh out loud most of the way through, along with the rest of the audience and at some points was moved to tears by Paddington’s innocence and total trust in others.
I can imagine this film being a box office hit in America, with features of top British landmarks like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and a very unrealistic, over the top British prison, I can imagine they loved the film. The films plot and story is perfect for people who love a warm hearted, funny, typical British family comedy, like me.
I have to say I was quite impressed with Hugh Grant’s performance as the once loved famous actor, now turned bitter wannabe West End Actor Phoenix Buchanan. The first time you see him on screen you see a somewhat typical antagonist, a villain wanting the same thing the protagonist wants. However, throughout the film you begin to see a funny and a very over dramatic actor that you can’t help but love. From seeing him in your typical British Rom-Coms like Bridget Jones, Love Actually and Notting Hill, it’s nice to see another, funnier side of his acting and to hear his fantastic accents!
Overall, it’s a fantastic film that I would recommend to anyone who’s wanting to sit back, relax and watch a fun, entertaining, truly British film. Everybody who was in the cinema went out with a big smile on their face, a true testament to a good film.