Charming 'Paddington 2' a treat for all ages

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If you loved the first one, you'll absolutely ADORE "Paddington 2". Check our movie review. She'd love to visit London so when Paddington finds an wonderful pop-up book with English landmarks inside, he wants to buy it.

Kids will nearly undoubtedly love this film (rated PG for some action and mild rude humor), and as an adult, I think "Paddington 2" has enough going for it to entice parents to want to take their kids to see it.

The kids will get a kick out of Paddington's antics and their parents will get a lot of chuckles at the expense of pompous actors, politicians and the vagaries of middle-age life. The book occasions a marvelous sequence where Paddington envisions leading his aunt through the settings of its pages, little paper cut-out Londoners greeting them around every corner. But part of "Paddington 2's" appeal is this very simplicity, its earnest desire to be a fun and easily digestible outing for the whole family.

Film facts: Stars Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Tom Conti.

We find him searching for the flawless gift for his beloved Aunt Lucy - whom we got a bit more insight on during a flashback - but is dismayed when a great gift comes with a hefty price tag.

Like its first edition, this chapter of adventures begins by plunging through the cloudy Peruvian jungle giving an insight to Paddington's pre-London days, before settling to the present-day narrative where its predecessor left off with Paddington in the Notting Hill abode of the Brown family, adorably headed by Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville. He makes a mess as a window cleaner and is an even worse fit as a hairdresser but he is saving money.

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Grant does a breathtaking more-is-more performance here, creating an abysmal ham with haughty visions of grandiosity using his "acting" skills to don elaborate disguises.

When Paddington was released in 2014, it became one of the most successful children's films ever, a hit around the world that inevitably would call for a sequel or perhaps several. Now we slip back to see that Paddington continues to inspire joy in the Browns and everyone around him. Paddington phones the Browns who assure him they haven't forgotten him and they know Buchanan is the thief.

Through the annals of anthropomorphization, Paddington strides like a colossus - utterly human, completely bear. Will anyone really find the treasure?

But the real draw of Paddington and his friends are the warm, cute characters straight out of a bed time story book. Will Knuckles and the inmates prove they do love Paddington after all? There are no "no-go zones"; even a prison full of roughnecks can be a chance to help people in need. A feature-length film needs three acts of plot and, to that end, this franchise has introduced villains to Paddington's universe. If the first "Paddington" seemed to channel the hand-crafted visuals and teeming, symmetrical frames of Wes Anderson, then "Paddington 2" somehow succeeds in pushing that stylization to a dazzling new level of aesthetic delirium, albeit with an unforced, lyrical sweetness in lieu of Anderson's studied detachment. The sacrifice he makes to keep the book away from an evil man (played by scene-stealer Hugh Grant) who also wants that book keeps you in your seat. The film celebrates diversity and tolerance for others in more literal ways too, by filling out its ensemble cast in an inclusive manner and bringing back the calypso music group Tobago and d'Lime to once again function as the movie's Greek chorus. The diversity Hugh Grant shows is fantastic. His motto, "If we're kind and polite, the world will be right", is the film's entirely honest moral.

On the trail to the treasureCourtesy of Warner Bros. Knowing his aunt very well, he sets off to find an unbelievable present. His eyes are especially "real" and express all his emotions beautifully. You don't feel beaten up by the filmmakers' attempts to engage a variety of audience quadrants; Paddington 2 is a lover, not a fighter... But the most important lesson that the movie teaches us involves the following quote by Paddington. The film is a heartfelt effort to inject a dash of goodness into the world and leave behind a kind message.

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