- “Paddington 2” is the best-reviewed movie of 2018 so far, with a solid 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- It was supposed to be distributed by The Weinstein Company in the United States, but producers looked for another distributor following allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.
- The movie is adorable and enjoyable for kids and adults, and has received glowing reviews from critics.
Ok, we get it. It’s only the first half of January. But a lot of movies have come out already, and “Paddington 2” is the best reviewed so far, with a 100% rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The first movie, “Paddington,” which starred Nicole Kidman and Jim Broadbent, was released in 2014. Based on the children’s stories of the same name by Michael Bond, “Paddington” and “Paddington 2” tell the story of Paddington, a friendly bear from Peru, now based in London. He wears an old red hat, a blue coat, carries a battered briefcase, and loves marmalade.
In “Paddington 2,” Paddington is adjusting to his new life in London with the Brown family. He gets framed for stealing a special pop-up book of London, gets sent to prison for the crime, and has to figure out how to prove he was framed. It’s one of those rare sequels that’s better than the original. It stars an adorable computer-generated British bear voiced by Ben Whishaw and features Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, and Brendan Gleeson in live-action roles.
“Paddington 2” was originally meant to be distributed in the United States by The Weinstein Company, but following the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, producers began looking for another American distributor. Producers believed that a pleasant, upbeat children’s film should not be associated with the scandal. In November, Warner Bros. acquired the film’s North American distribution rights for $32 million.
Here are the most breathless quotes from critics about “Paddington 2,” along with adorable images of Paddington Bear:
“‘Paddington 2’ is ‘The Godfather Part II’ of Peruvian bear movies, a sequel that surpasses the superb original.”
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal.
“It’s an exquisite reminder of the wondrous things that can happen when a storyteller of boundless imagination avails himself of some rigorous discipline.”
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times.
“If you have kids, take them. If you have nieces and nephews, take them. If you don’t have kids but just want to feel like one yourself, go see it. Paddington is a bear for all seasons.”
Adam Graham, Detroit News.
“This bear is constantly striving to earn the approval of the humans in his life. One day, maybe we can all be worthy of his.”
Andrew Lapin, NPR.
“We need a new Paddington movie every January.”
Matt Goldberg, Collider.
Nell Minow, HuffPost
“The entire film sparkles with a Wes Anderson-ish whimsy and a kind heart that’ll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Just like the film’s protagonist.”
Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly.
“The sequel has the same tone as the original but is livelier and funnier, mostly due to Hugh Grant, who gleams as the bad guy.”
Jody Mitori, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“There are slapstick hijinks and silly scenarios aplenty, but at its heart ‘Paddington 2’ has something serious to say about making the world a better place through daily acts of kindness.”
Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic.
“This is a film of such open-hearted joy and grace, which feels rare in an industry that often embraces cynicism and sarcasm, including in its children’s stories.”
David Sims, The Atlantic.
“An emotional masterpiece that digs deep while keeping you smiling, and a pure example of why sequels can still be a good thing.”
Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend