Dear America: Paddington is amazeballs. Get with the program. Signed, the British. And us. Because the first Paddington movie in 2014 was one of the best movies that year that NO ONE in America bothered to see. And now, I suspect it’s going to be the same thing this year with the sequel. Which is a shame because both of these movies about the lovable bear cub who lives in London with his adoptive human family and ends up having accidental adventures…are tremendously good.
This time around Hugh Grant joins the cast as a scheming actor, Brendan Gleeson as a prison tough, a laundry list of famous British actors making cameos, and Paddington’s friends and family (including everything-nominee Sally Hawkins) return from the first film. Yeah, we dug it. And it’s also a prison escape movie. Chris hadn’t sold Michael on the idea, but after he saw this sequel he was like, “Damn, I’m gonna go home and buy the first movie, like, now.” Listen to them go on and on about how wonderful this is right here.