Paddington 2 is a delight [critique]

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Paddington 2
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Between Wes Anderson and Spielberg, the continuation of the adventures of Paddington is delicious.

At the end of 2014, the first Paddington was performing a minor cinematic miracle: adapting the adventures of a children’s book hero bear (also known in England as Winston Churchill) into a heroic and hilarious film. We are not going to let things drag on: Paddington 2 (2017), rebroadcast this evening on 6ter, is more than up to the first film. Paddington wants to find a present for his Aunt Lucy, and finds a pop-up book exploring London but also covets returning comedian Phoenix Buchanan who pursues a mysterious goal. Hugh Grant had a blast in this role, and just for him, this sequel is worth a look. He is also currently reuniting with director Paul King for Wonkahis prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory worn by Timothée Chalamet.

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From the opening (a flashback to Paddington’s adoption, then a monumental dive into the pop-up tracks) to the conclusion (a thrilling chase between two trains), director Paul King deftly mixes grammars by Wes Anderson and Steven Spielberg. The sense of the framework and the poetically surreal finds of the first, and the marvelous adventure of the second. The mixture is delicious, perky.

Without suffocating the supporting cast (the film is also seen as a mechanism of perfectly tuned supporting roles), Hugh Grant takes on one of his best roles here, as a penniless playboy adept at transformism, who lives in a house decorated to his glory and talks in his attic to the great roles he played. At the arrival, Paddington 2 is not far from feelgood movie in the best sense of the term: a film whose kindness and innocence serve not only as the driving force behind the adventure but also as its raison d’être. God save Paddington!

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