Director: Paul King
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent
Country of Origin: UK-France 2017 103 mins. (PG)
Released by StudioCanal
Paddington Bear is back with a joyous adventure.
Paddington has found the perfect present for Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton) in Mr Gruber's antique shop. A few odd jobs and he'll be able to buy it. Disaster, would be actor, would be celebrity and first classes driven Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), whose claim to fame is making dog food commercials steals the pop-up book. More disaster, Paddington Bear gets the blame, is arrested and jailed. Will the kindly Brown family, Mr Brown (Hugh Bonneville), Mrs Brown (Sally Hawkins) and housekeeper Mrs Bird (Julie Waters) sort out the mess and will Paddington team up with prison cook Knuckles (Brendan Gleeson) and hatch a fool proof escape plan.
London's a perfect place, Ben Whishaw's voice is spot on as Paddington and Hugh Grant as ego driven, villain, Phoenix Buchanan is a scene stealer hoot. And Paddington, innocent, puzzled at times who loves marmalade sandwiches is a wow.
A happy, funny, witty, exciting, magical adventure for all. Don't miss it. it's a delight.