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I recently received a Blu-Ray DVD Combo copy of Paddington 2 for my family to watch and to review. Paddington 2 is such a joy to watch with the whole family. All three of our kids loved it and so did my husband and I. We enjoyed the first one so I was expecting this one to be a lot of fun to watch as well and we were not disappointed!
“While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. Hilarity and adventure ensue when the book is stolen and Paddington and the Browns must unmask the thief.”
Paddington lives in London with the Brown family. Ever since he moved in with his family in Windsor Gardens, he has learned how things work. There is even a funny scene with a couple electric toothbrushes right after he says that in the movie opening. I think there’s even a short version of it in the trailer. My kids thought this was hilarious. Laughs right from the beginning!
Paddington’s aunt, the bear who raised him before coming to London with the Brown family is turning 100 and he wants to find the perfect gift for her. So he goes into the antique store owned by Mr. Gruber and finds a vintage pop up book of London. This scene is really cool because you see the pop up book come to life as Paddington remembers his Aunt Lucy’s love for London. He decides that is the gift he wants to give her but he needs to earn some money first.
One of the jobs Paddington tried out is working at a Barber shop but it doesn’t seem to work out so well.
Another job he takes is a window washer and that seems to cause him a bit of trouble too. His jobs include a lot of hilarity but I love the drive Paddington has. He’s not giving up and he continues to try to work to be able to get that book. I love Paddinton’s determination. It’s a good lesson for the kids too.
As he continues to try these jobs, there is someone else watching him too. Yes, there is a villain in this movie and his name is Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant). Hugh Grant plays an excellent part in this movie by the way. But he wants that pop up book too. There’s something special about it that leads to a hidden treasure somewhere and he wants the book for himself.
He then steals the book from the store and then vanishes into smoke and thin air like some wizard when Paddington sees him run off with the book. But poor Paddington was wrongly accused of stealing the book and he was sent to jail.
While in jail, there’s a lot more hilarity happening while Paddington gets put on different duty jobs while there. He gets put on kitchen duty and even laundry duty at one point. He even ends up turning all his inmates’ clothes pink! But he does make a friend. He befriends the cook, Knuckles who happens to be a little hot tempered at times and they hatch out an escape plan.
Meanwhile Paddington’s family is working on figuring out how to get Paddington out of jail and to figure out who the thief really is. The escape plan from jail is pretty comical and silly as they make their way through the London Railway. This part of the movie is a little action packed with some silly comedy that made my whole family laugh.
You will have to watch the movie to find out what happens to Paddington though. Does the real thief get caught? Is the book ever returned? Does Paddington ever earn enough money to buy the book for his Aunt Lucy?
As I mentioned before, my whole family loved this movie. I loved how the filmakers worked in some situations that were a little more adult-like to keep the older audience interested while not getting lost on the younger viewers. Our youngest is 8, we also have a 12 year old and a 17 year old. Even our youngest didn’t lose interest in the movie at any point. However, some kids younger than 6-8 years old might lose interest in some parts.
I thought the film was done beautifully and the London scene and sets were colorful and beautiful. I thought the CGI work done for Paddington was wonderful too. Paddington looked somewhat realistic while not being too realistic which is perfect for a family movie keeping him appealing to the kids.
I absolutely loved the pop up book scene. I thought it was done really well and looked like something straight from a book. The scene was made to look like a pop up book and I loved that they made those scenes of the book like a book.
Paddington is such a delightful bear. No matter how many things went wrong for him, he kept at it never giving up and his philosophy is that if you are kind to others, everything will be okay in the end. He stuck with that throughout the whole movie. I definitely recommend it for the whole family. It was funny, had some corny comedy, the story was simple yet interesting, and it was also warm and heartfelt at the same time.
We loved it!
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