|Directed by||:||Paul King||Produced by||:||David Heyman||Written by||:||Paul King, Simon Farnaby||Based on||:||Paddington Bear by Michael Bond||Starring||:||Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent||Music by||:||Dario Marianelli||Production company||:||Anton Capital Entertainment Heyday Films Amazon Prime Instant|
‘Paddington 2’: A joyful family adventure
There may be no series of family films out there right now more charming, more heartwarming or more thoroughly joyful than Paul King’s “Paddington,” which now boasts two films in the last four years that have been among some of the most joyful in recent memory. Based on the classic children’s books by the late Michael Bond, the adventures of the little bear from “darkest Peru,” who is taken in by a British family in London, have proven themselves to be every bit as wonderful as their source material, modernizing the concept while still preserving its timeless magic
“Paddington 2,” like its predecessor, is refreshingly free of the irony that often seems to mark new takes on classic children’s tales. It doesn’t feel disingenuously updated or reworked to be more appealing to a more high-tech world. It’s simply a good story, well told, with an endearing cast of characters that keeps us invested. Good characters tend to be few and far between, and “Paddington 2” is chock full of them, making the most out of even the most minor supporting roles.