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Excellence To Be Found In 'Paddington 2'
The second film about the mischievous, marmalade-loving bear is imaginative and warm-hearted (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 344)
Jan 14, 2018 Culture & Entertainment
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Paddington, a little cartoon bear created by Michael Bond way back in 1958, has found a new life on the big screen in this ongoing series of films written and directed by Paul King. Paddington was originally inspired by the stories of children evacuated from British cities to the countryside in World War II, but in a Britain dealing with its exit from Europe, he felt the story was relevant in an entirely new way.

Fittingly for a kindly live-action children's film, "Paddington 2" begins with the story of a gift.

The friendly little bear finds a one-of-a-kind pop-up book filled with detailed illustrations of all the landmarks of London, and he plans to send the book to Peru as a birthday present for his beloved aunt Lucy.

However the treasure is stolen by the film's awful villain, a self-centred actor named Phoenix Buchanan, who hopes to use the book as a map to riches. Buchanan's interference kicks off an adventure that sends Paddington through a trial, a prison sentence, an escape and a daring pursuit by train.

But before the book becomes the central plot point, the movie pauses to bring it to life through Paddington's eyes. In an amazing sequence of mixed digital effects, Paddington imagines himself and Lucy wandering though the book's pop-up cardboard pages. He waves from within a paper doll crowd as Lucy arrives on a folding boat. The camera spins, the pages ruffle and the streets of London unfold to reveal illustrated lamps and paper cars.

The introduction of the pop-up book is an early highlight of the film, but it is far from the last sequence of jaw-dropping originality. This is film of overwhelming joy and grace, which feels rare in an industry that often embraces cynicism and sarcasm.

Paddington 2 is immensely beautiful to look at, cleverly written, and delightfully funny, bringing together a strong team of top British actors. For those looking for excellent family entertainment, it's a must-see; but even other viewers will find this movie well worth their time.

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