Warner Bros. made a huge comeback with their new film Paddington 2 (2018), which in my opinion is way better than it’s prequel Paddington (2014). In this movie, Paddington (voiced by Ben Wishaw) needs to get a present for his Aunt Lucy’s (voiced by Imelda Staunton) birthday. He goes to Mr. Gruber’s Antiques, where Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent) suggests a pop-up book of London in exchange for $250. In order to pay, Paddington gets a job as a sweeper at a salon. After getting fired for accidentally giving someone a bad hair day, Paddington employees himself as a window cleaner. After almost having enough money for the pop-up book, a clever thief steals the book, and Paddington gets framed and ends up in the big house. It is then that the real story begins.
This magically mystical story gets four and a half stars for Warner Bros.’s extremely realistic effects in combination with the abstract ideas of Paddington 2. The movie was a mix of realistic animation and live-action. This mix worked beautifully especially in the scenes when the pop-up book was showing Paddington and his Aunt Lucy going through the pop-up book that happens to have pictures of people from real-life and when Paddington was whipping up some marmalade. Paddington 2 was better than the first Paddington because the plot was more complicated. If Warner Bros. from 2014 made this movie, they would’ve stopped at Paddington needing a present for Aunt Lucy which was funny, but not as complex and interesting as the plot from the 2017 film. The film made me laugh out loud when Paddington said “Mr. Gruber, be serious,” which was ironic because not only does he say this with a lot of fruit on his head, but also after using a toothbrush to clean his ears and nose.
Overall, I would recommend this film to any age because the humor is relatively easy to understand and there’s not intense violence anywhere in the plot. My only hesitation for younger viewers is that they add some unnecessary drama and mystery which may be confusing for the youngest viewers.