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Paddington 2 is a 2017 live-action animated comedy film, directed by Paul King and written by King and Simon Farnaby. Based on the stories of the character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond, it is the sequel to the 2014 film Paddington, and is produced by Heyday Films and StudioCanal. The film was released in cinemas and IMAX.

The film stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Hugh Grant in live-action roles.

Principal photography began in October 2016, and ended in June 2017. The film was released on 10 November 2017 in the United Kingdom, and has grossed $226 million worldwide. The film has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is currently one of the best-rated films on the site. It received three nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, including for Best British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay for Farnaby and King and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for Grant.

Plot

Paddington, having settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, has become popular in his community, offering people emotional support in various ways. To purchase a unique pop-up book of London in Samuel Gruber's antique shop for Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington performs several odd jobs and saves his wages, but the book is stolen. Paddington gives chase, but the culprit escapes, and Paddington is framed and arrested. Although Mr. Gruber and the Browns do not believe that Paddington stole the book, with no evidence that the thief even existed, Paddington is wrongfully convicted and jailed. The thief soon returns home and is revealed to be Phoenix Buchanan, an egotistical actor who lives opposite the Browns.

Whilst in prison, Paddington befriends many of the inmates, including the short-tempered chef Knuckles, who hires Paddington, impressed by his marmalade sandwich recipe. The Browns work to clear Paddington's name, putting up sketches of the thief. Buchanan begins using the pop-up book to locate a series of clues within London's famous landmarks, which he believes will unveil the location of a secret treasure. During their efforts to prove Paddington's innocence, the Browns encounter a fortune teller who informs them that the stolen book leads to the hidden fortune of the original author.

With Paddington inside, the prison is a much livelier place, but Paddington struggles to remain positive when the Browns are unable to prove his innocence but keep hunting. Becoming convinced that Buchanan is the culprit, the Browns look for the stolen book inside his house. They find a secret attic where Buchanan's various costumes are stashed, as well as the book itself. Before they can act further, Buchanan returns home and suspects something is wrong. Meanwhile, the Browns have missed a prison visit with Paddington, causing Paddington to believe that the Browns have forgotten all about him.

Paddington soon takes part in a prison break alongside several other inmates, including Knuckles, who promises to aid in proving his innocence but promptly abandons the idea in order to leave the country as a free man, inviting Paddington to come with him. Paddington refuses and, whilst roaming the streets and avoiding the police, uses a public telephone to contact the Browns, who assert that Buchanan is the real culprit. To catch him, they arrange to meet at Paddington Station, where a train carrying the supposed location of the hidden fortune is due to leave shortly.

Paddington reaches the station and boards the train just as it leaves. The Browns pursue on another steam train at the opposite platform. When caught up, Henry Brown and Mrs. Bird board the other train and confront Buchanan, who overwhelms them and makes good his initial escape. Paddington is left stranded in the train's rear carriage, the coupling of which Buchanan severs, leaving it to crash into a nearby river. Mary Brown tries to rescue Paddington but struggles to open the locked carriage; she is soon assisted by Knuckles and the other inmates, who have a change of heart and decide to help Paddington as promised. Eventually, Henry knocks out Buchanan just as he tries to access the so-called treasure, and he is promptly taken into custody.

Paddington, now declared innocent, becomes very ill after the events, slipping into a short three-day coma yet recovering upon waking up on Aunt Lucy's birthday. With the book taken in as evidence by the police, Paddington is left disappointed that he was unable to buy Lucy a present as promised, though soon discovers the Browns, with the help of various other people in the neighbourhood, made sure Lucy could come to London and see it for herself. When answering the door to her, Paddington rushes up and hugs her, wishing her a happy birthday. Meanwhile, Buchanan is sentenced to 10 years in prison. Six months later, he is shown to be putting his experience as a performer to further use, hosting shows for the inmates and providing entertainment throughout the building.

Cast

  • Ben Whishaw as Paddington Brown, Lucy and Pastuzo's adoptive nephew
  • Hugh Bonneville as Henry Brown, Mary's husband and Judy and Jonathan's father
  • Sally Hawkins as Mary Brown, Henry's wife and Judy and Jonathan's mother
  • Hugh Grant as Phoenix Buchanan, a faded and narcissistic actor, who now stars in dog food commercials
  • Brendan Gleeson as Knuckles McGinty, a safe cracker and prison cook
  • Madeleine Harris as Judy Brown, Mary and Henry's daughter and Jonathan's sister
  • Samuel Joslin as Jonathan Brown, Mary and Henry's son and Judy's brother
  • Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird
  • Jim Broadbent as Samuel Gruber, antique shop owner
  • Peter Capaldi as Mr. Curry
  • Simon Farnaby as Barry the security guard
  • Imelda Staunton as Aunt Lucy, Paddington's adoptive aunt
  • Michael Gambon as Uncle Pastuzo, Paddington's adoptive uncle
  • Joanna Lumley as Felicity Fanshaw
  • Ben Miller as Colonel Lancaster
  • Jessica Hynes as Miss Kitts
  • Noah Taylor as Phibs
  • Eileen Atkins as Madame Kozlova
  • Tom Conti as Judge Gerald Biggleswade
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Dr. Jafri
  • Marie-France Alvarez as Mademoiselle Dubois
  • Maggie Steed as Mrs. Gertrude Biggleswade
  • Richard Ayoade as a Forensic Investigator
  • Meera Syal as a Prosecutor

Production

In April 2015, David Heyman, the producer of Paddington (2014), confirmed that a sequel was in development. It was also announced that Paul King would return to direct, and co-write the screenplay with Simon Farnaby. Heyman's Heyday Films, and StudioCanal, produced the film. By October 2016, most of the cast of Paddington — Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Ben Whishaw and Imelda Staunton — were confirmed to be returning for the sequel, joined by Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson.

Principal photography began on 18 October 2016. Framestore provided the visual effects for the film, including the elaborate pop-up book sequence. On 7 February 2017, filming featured in the CBBC documentary series All Over the Workplace. Filming took place in Little Venice for three days, and also at Shepton Mallet Prison and Knebworth Park. Principal photography ended on 27 June 2017. Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, died the same day, and the film was dedicated to him.

Soundtrack

The music of the film was composed by Dario Marianelli.

No. Title Length
1. "Windsor Gardens"   4:03
2. "The Pop-Up Book"   1:29
3. "A Shave, Sir? A Light Pomade"   1:54
4. "Window Cleaning"   3:15
5. "Rub and Scrub (Tobago and d'Lime)"   2:27
6. "The Book Is Stolen"   2:21
7. "A Letter from Prison"   2:20
8. "It's Only One Red Sock"   1:24
9. "Madame Kozlova's Story"   1:19
10. "One Orange at a Time"   3:03
11. "An Unusually Attractive Nun"   1:19
12. "Marmalade Chefs"   1:22
13. "Love Thy Neighbour (Tobago and d'Lime)"   2:05
14. "The Break-In"   3:24
15. "Jungle Jail"   2:14
16. "Escape Waltz"   3:27
17. "Lost and Found"   3:03
18. "Race to Paddington Station"   1:34
19. "Train Chase"   3:46
20. "Bullseye-Henry"   2:04
21. "A Splash In The Water"   2:22
22. "Happy Birthday Aunt Lucy"   3:34
23. "Jumping the Line (End Titles)"   5:31

Release

Theatrical

Paddington 2 had its world premiere in London on 5 November 2017, and was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on 10 November. It was released on 6 December in France, 7 December in Germany, 21 December in Australia and New Zealand, and 12 January 2018 in the United States. StudioCanal distributed the film in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

The film was originally set to be distributed by The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films in the United States through their sub-label, TWC-Dimension, but following the sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein Company founder Harvey Weinstein, Heyday Films and StudioCanal looked for another American distributor for Paddington 2, because they believed that a film for children should not be associated with the Weinstein scandal.

In mid-November 2017, Warner Bros. Pictures, which distributed Heyman's Harry Potter films and was already distributing Paddington 2 in Spain, acquired the film's North American distribution rights for $32 million (£24 million), making it the first film in the series to do so.

Marketing

From 9 October 2017, five pop-up installations of Paddington's pop-up book, featured in the film, were placed around London, at Peter's Hill, Tower Bridge, Paddington Station, Peninsula Square and Bankside. The event was promoted by Visit London. The launch was attended by Hugh Bonneville and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

On 16 October 2017, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a Paddington 2 charity event at Paddington Station, along with some of the cast and crew of the film. A video game based on the film, Paddington Run, was released on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices on 25 October 2017.

On 26 October 2017, it was announced that Paddington would appear in the 2017 Marks & Spencer Christmas advertisement. A teaser was released on 4 November 2017. The advertisement itself was released on 7 November 2017 and had its television premiere on the Pride of Britain Awards 2017. Whishaw returned to voice Paddington, and the advertisement also featured Mark Benton and Angela Rippon.

Home media

Paddington 2 was released on streaming platform Amazon Video on 5 March 2018. The film was released in the United Kingdom on Blu-ray, DVD & 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on 12 March 2018. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the United States on 24 April 2018 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Reception

Box office

As of 9 April 2018, Paddington 2 has grossed $40.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $186.2 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $227 million.

In its first weekend in the United Kingdom, the film grossed $10.9 million (£8.3 million), more than the first film ($8/£6 million), becoming StudioCanal's highest grossing film opening weekend in the United Kingdom to date. In its second weekend, the film dropped 20% and grossed another $8.8 million (£6.6 million).

In the United States and Canada, Paddington 2 was released alongside the openings of The Commuter and Proud Mary, as well as the wide expansion of The Post, and was projected to gross $15–17 million from 3,702 theatres in opening weekend. It made $2.4 million on its first day and $11 million over the weekend, finishing 7th at the box office, and marking a near-50% decline from the opening of the first film.

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Paddington 2 has an approval rating of 100% based on 205 reviews and an average rating of 8.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Paddington 2 honours its star's rich legacy with a sweet-natured sequel whose adorable visuals are matched by a story perfectly balanced between heartwarming family fare and purely enjoyable all-ages adventure." On 18 January 2018, it became the most-reviewed film ever to remain at 100% on the site, with 164 positive reviews, beating Toy Story 2, which has 163 positive reviews. Lady Bird had previously beaten the record the past November, but registered a negative review at 196. On Metacritic, another review aggregator, the film has a weighted average score of 88 out of 100 based on 38 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". On French entertainment information website AlloCiné, the film has an average grade of 4.0/5 based on 22 critics. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, the same score earned by its predecessor.

Kevin Scott of Exclaim! wrote that Paddington 2 "is delightful escapism entertainment for all ages." Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Paddington 2 won't save the world, sadly, but its existence makes everything just that tiny bit better and more, well, bearable." Guy Lodge of Variety wrote, "Another near pawfect family entertainment, honouring the cosy, can-do spirit of Michael Bond's stories while bringing them smoothly into a bustling, diverse 21st century London — with space for some light anti-Brexit subtext to boot." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote, "The film is pitched with insouciant ease and a lightness of touch at both children and adults without any self-conscious shifts in irony or tone: it's humour with the citrus tang of top quality thick-cut marmalade."

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Nominee(s) Result
Heartland Film Festival 31 December 2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Paul King Won
London Film Critics' Circle Awards 28 January 2018 Best British or Irish Film Paddington 2 Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Hugh Grant Won
Best British or Irish Actress Sally Hawkins (also for The Shape of Water and Maudie) Won
Best Breakthrough British or Irish Filmmaker Simon Farnaby Nominated
Technical Achievement Pablo Grillo Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards 8 February 2018 Everyman Award for Best Film Paddington 2 Nominated
Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Won
Technical Achievement Gary Williamson Won
British Academy Film Awards 18 February 2018 Best British Film Paul King, David Heyman and Simon Farnaby Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Hugh Grant Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Simon Farnaby and Paul King Nominated
International Film Music Critics Association 22 February 2018 Best Original Score for a Comedy Film Dario Marianelli Nominated
Empire Awards 18 March 2018 Best British Film Paddington 2 Nominated
Saturn Awards 27 June 2018 Best Fantasy Film Nominated
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Mid-Season Awards 3 July 2018 Best Picture David Heyman Runner-Up
Best Supporting Actor Hugh Grant Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Paul King and Simon Farnaby Won
People's Choice Awards 11 November 2018 The Family Movie of 2018 Paddington 2 Pending

Sequel

In June 2016, StudioCanal CEO Didier Lupfer stated that the studio was committed to making a third Paddington film. In November 2017, David Heyman told Digital Spy that though the script for a third film had not been developed, discussions about locations, ideas and scenes had already begun.

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