Paul King’s Paddington 2 features many of the same elements which made the original film so enjoyable, but somehow the 2017 sequel lacks the magic spark which made that 2014 release such a fantastic piece of entertainment.
2014’s Paddington set the gold standard for family films. Fun, heart-warming and entertaining, King’s film treated its audience with respect, giving them a well constructed story and interesting characters.
That’s not to say there’s nothing to enjoy in the sequel– Hugh Grant has a blast as the villain of the piece and Brendan Gleeson is fun as a bad-ass prison chef. The film looks great and the finale is well designed but this marmalade sandwich is going a little stale.