Paddington 2 is the charming sequel that brings us back to our favorite little talking bear and his adoptive family the Brown’s. For his aunt Lucy, Paddington would like to buy her a beautiful vintage pop up book of London so he starts working little jobs to earn up and buy it but before he can it is stolen. While chasing the thief he is wrongly sentenced with the crime and sent to prison. While Paddington makes friends and changes the hearts of some rough criminals, his family are on the hunt to prove the true thief, a middle aged former star actor who lives on their street.
The animation combined with the soft voice of Ben Whishaw, makes Paddington so adorable and he melts the hearts of everyone even the tough inmate Nuckles McGinty (Brendan Gleeson). His family and neighbors never give up on trying to help find the true thief except for Peter Capaldi’s role as the disgruntled neighbor. Mr Brown, Hugh Bonneville is going through a midlife crisis and questions his wife’s (Sally Hawkins) crazy theory on who the real criminal is. Young Judy and Jonathan help along with Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters) to track down these appearances of interesting characters at all of the locations in the pop up book trying to prove the real thief is, Phoenix Buchanan, played amazingly by Hugh Grant as a over the hill stage actor searching for a treasure the pop up book leads to using his old costumes to find the clues. The film is a who’s who of British film and television actors to tell this heartwarming, funny and thrilling tale of a dedicated little bear to see the good in people and do what’s right. It is the perfect tone for children and adults, it doesn’t play stupid to kids like a lot of children films do and even if you aren’t watching with a child it is just as enjoyable of a film. Wanting to see something very feel good this would be my highest recommendation.