Starring: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Imelda Staunton
OUR RATING: ★★★★★
Family comedy sequel co-written and directed by Paul King. Paddington 2 follows Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins) in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s (voiced by Imelda Staunton) hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s (Jim Broadbent) antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. However, when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
Our Favorite Quote:
Paddington: Dear Aunt Lucy, you sent me to London to find a home. I have a wonderful family. I’ve really got to grips with how things work.
Paddington: Dear Aunt Lucy, life in London has been better than ever. I really feel at home.
Paddington: I think you’re in great shape, for a man your age, Mr. Brown.
Henry Brown: Oh, thank you, Paddington. Hang on, how old do you think I am?
Paddington: Oh, about eighty.
Paddington: Mr. Gruber.
Mr. Gruber: Come in.
Paddington: I’d like to get my Aunt Lucy a birthday present.
Mr. Gruber: How about these rolling shoes?
Paddington: Please, Mr. Gruber, be serious.
Paddington: [referring to the old pop-up book] Mr. Gruber. Oh, what’s this?
Mr. Gruber: Ah, this is London.
Paddington: It’s wonderful. Aunt Lucy always dreamed of coming to London. If she saw this, it would be like she were finally here. This is perfect.
Paddington: [referring to the old pop-up book] What’s this?
Mr. Gruber: This pop-up book is the only one of its kind and they want a lot of money for it.
Paddington: I’m going to get a job and buy that book.
Paddington: I’ve had a brilliant idea. I’m going to get a job and buy that book for Aunt Lucy’s birthday.
Paddington: Hello, window cleaner.
[we see Paddington trying to be a window cleaner and failing at it]
Mr. Curry: [to Henry] Are you aware there’s a bear on your roof?
Henry Brown: Are you quite sure you’re ready for the workplace, Paddington?
Paddington: Oh, doesn’t that man live in the big house on the corner?
Jonathan Brown: It’s Phoenix Buchanan.
Judy Brown: Dad’s celebrity client.
Henry Brown: He’s one of our platinum club members, and a very famous actor.
Mrs. Bird: Or used to be, now he just does dog food commercials.
Mary Brown: Mrs. Bird doesn’t like him because he can never remember her name.
Phoenix Buchanan: Now then simmer down, simmer. Alright, a little bit more. I’m sorry, I’m at my worst tonight, I really am. I am tickled the deepest shade of shrimp to have been asked here tonight to open this wonderful old steam fair. But, you know, when Madame Kozlova created this thing all those years ago, she most certainly was not thinking of people like me, whatever I am, VIP, celebrity. I hate all that stuff. No, no, West End legend, that’s another one. No, no, she was thinking you guys, huh? The ordinary people. so, I’m going to ask one of you to come up here and open the fair. Volunteers. Anyone.
[the audience members keenly raise their hand along with Paddington]
Phoenix Buchanan: Eeny, meeny, miny…
[he notices Paddington]
Phoenix Buchanan: Bear. Let’s have the young bear. Wonderful. Come. Come. Up here, my fury friend.
Phoenix Buchanan: [as Paddington joins him on stage] Very good. Now your name is?
Paddington: Paddington Brown.
Phoenix Buchanan: Oh, well of course it is. You are my new neighbor. You live with Henry and Mary, and the great Mrs…
[he mumbles her name]
Phoenix Buchanan: No, then, I suppose you know who I am.
Paddington: Oh, yes. You’re a very famous actor.
Phoenix Buchanan: Oh, pooh.
Paddington: Or used to be. Now you do dog food commercials.
Phoenix Buchanan: Well, a man has to eat.
Paddington: What, dog food?
Phoenix Buchanan: [audience laughs] Oh, very, very funny.
Phoenix Buchanan: This pop-up book, where on earth did you find it?
Paddington: Mr. Gruber’s antique shop.
Phoenix Buchanan: If you had one wish tonight, what would it be?
Paddington: I’d like to get my Aunt Lucy a birthday present, an old pop-up book of London. The only problem is it’s rather expensive.
Phoenix Buchanan: Where on earth did you find it?
Paddington: At Mr. Gruber’s antique shop.
Paddington: [referring to the thief that stole the pop-up book] Where did he go?
Policewoman: Hold it right there!
Paddington: Oh, but I’m not the thief!
Phoenix Buchanan: We’re rich again.
Phoenix Buchanan: I want to hear all about the investigation.
Mary Brown: Paddington is innocent. I’m going to prove it.
Warden Walker: Brown, P. Laundry duty.
Paddington: [loads the washing] It’s only one red sock. What’s the worst that can happen?
[we see next that the prisoners uniforms have been turned an off-ink color]
Paddington: Morning, chaps.
Paddington: I may look like a hardened criminal, but I’m innocent.
Paddington: Thank you, Mr. McGinty.
Knuckles McGinty: Don’t thank me yet. I don’t do nothing for no one for nothing.
Paddington: Beg your pardon?
Knuckles McGinty: You get my protection so long as you make that marmalade. Deal?
Knuckles McGinty: If anyone can recognize a criminal it’s us.
Knuckles McGinty: [to Paddington] If you’re going to clear your name, you’re going to need our help.
Mary Brown: [visiting Paddington in jail] In the past month these three shadowy individuals have all been seen snooping around three London landmarks.
Judy Brown: We think the thief is part of a criminal gang.
Jonathan Brown: Using the pop-up book as a treasure map.
Henry Brown: Well, it’s a theory.
Paddington: Have you found out who they are?
Mrs. Bird: Not yet, dearie.
Knuckles McGinty: Maybe I should take a look.
Henry Brown: I’m sorry, this is a private conversation.
Paddington: Oh, it’s alright, Mr. Brown. This is my friend Knuckles.
Knuckles McGinty: Oh, yeah.
Paddington: And this is Phipps.
Phipps: Good day.
Paddington: Jimmy the Snitch.
Jimmy the Snitch: Alright.
Paddington: The Professor.
Professor Pete: Hello.
Paddington: Squeaky Pete.
Squeaky Pete: Hello.
Paddington: Double Bass Bob.
Double Bass Bob: Hello.
Paddington: Farmer Jack.
Farmer Jack: How do?
Paddington: Mad Dog.
Mad Dog: Woof.
Paddington: Johnny Cashpoint.
Johnny Cashpoint: Kerching.
Paddington: Jeffery Wilcott.
Jeffery Wilcott: I hope I can rely on your vote.
Paddington: And Charley Rumble.
Charley Rumble: Hm.
Mary Brown: It’s so wonderful to meet you all. I must say it’s a great relief to know that Paddington’s already made such sweet friends.
Henry Brown: Would you excuse us a moment?
[he switches the sound off]
Henry Brown: What are you doing?
Mary Brown: Talking to the nice men.
Henry Brown: Nice men? Mary, we can’t trust these people. I mean, look at them. Talk about a rogue’s gallery. Hideous. And as for that bearded baboon in the middle, he’s hardly got two brain cells to rub together.
Knuckles McGinty: We can still hear you, Mr. Brown. That was the light you turned off. The microphone is on the other side. It’s got microphone written on it.
[Judy turns the light back on]
Henry Brown: Gentlemen.
Mary Brown: Mysterious things have been happening all over town. Believe me.
Mary Brown: [referring to Buchanan] He’s a master of disguise.
Mrs. Bird: We’re going to need a full proof plan.
Henry Brown: This is breaking and entering!
Mary Brown: We haven’t broken anything.
[just then Henry accidently breaks a vase]
Phoenix Buchanan: Where do you think you’re going, bear?
Henry Brown: Paddington wouldn’t hesitate if any of us needed help. He looks for the good in all of us.
Henry Brown: Paddington looks in the good in all of us and somehow he finds it.
Paddington: If we’re kind and polite the world will be right.