The first Paddington Bear movie was a true surprise. Despite expectations of mediocrity, Paddington’s story of simple kindness and themes of acceptance won me over. In the sequel, Paddington Bear, now comfortably settled in with the Brown family, has found the perfect birthday present for his Aunt Lucy in Darkest Peru: a vintage pop–up book featuring the sights of his new home in London. But, because the book also contains a treasure map, a villainous (and hilarious) actor, played by Hugh Grant, steals the book and frames Paddington, dooming him to a life in a dreary prison.
Paddington 2 doubles down on the first movie’s sweetness. It’s a feel good film that actually makes you feel good.