Hugh Grant's family is embarrassed by him, hated him in 'Paddington'

  • Hugh Grant's family is embarrassed by him, hated him in 'Paddington'

Hugh Grant's family is embarrassed by him, hated him in 'Paddington'

From his first scene, Buchanan is portrayed as a foolish and vain ex-star whose confidence in his own abilities is such that he refuses to work with anyone else.

"Paddington 2" rolls into theaters this Friday and Euro correspondent Fahnia Thomas spoke with the cast about adult marmalade and "galactical" adventures. When a thief steals the book, Paddington is fingered (pawed) as the culprit, and that's all the spark needed for everyone to doubt the character of this marmalade-foraging foreigner. "Some people involved in our penal system may say, 'You're not going to find it in our prisoners, ' but Paddington does indeed".

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the flawless present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. The series of odd jobs that follows provides ample amounts of Rube Goldbergian slapstick comedy. Then something frightful happens. But without the evidence to prove that Paddington is innocent, he gets sent to jail. Brown and her family search for the real thief.

"Could it be that Hugh Grant was born to play a villainous dandy in a kid's movie?"

The warm goodness and jaunty joking that pervade writer-director Paul King's follow-up to his 2015 original are only slightly marred by some ridiculous wordplay that may have a few parents frowning momentarily. The furry little bear in a raincoat looks around his adopted home and finds, in the smiling faces of his neighbors, nothing but joyful spirits and good intentions. It's proof that imagination and intent always mean more than budget. He certainly seems to be having the time of his life hamming it up in Paddington 2 as a pretentious, has-been actor who's now relegated to dressing up like a spaniel for dog food commercials. Within King's immaculately composed frames march some of the finest and funniest British actors alive.

You know a movie knows what it's doing when it casts Brendan Gleeson as a surly prison chef named Knuckles McGinty. The likes of Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent all return to charm your trousers off once more. King was helped by a marvellous set of actors, and Paddington exuded warmth, kindness, joy and laughs.

Tell us what you think! In a movie filled with minor movie miracles, proving the depth of Hugh Grant just might be the biggest.

"Paddington 2" has a very rare rating of 100 percent approval on the Rotten Tomatoes website, meaning more than 120 critics liked it.

But even the British cast and signature wit has to take a backseat to the pure visual creativity of "Paddington 2's" production, which comes to life in a series of elaborate animated fantasy sequences, such as a wonderful scene that takes place inside the pop-up book itself. There's no better time for a movie so dedicated to that simple and attractive theme, and few that can express it so well. Seeking the ideal gift to give to his Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton) for her 100th birthday, Paddington finds what he's looking for in Mr. Gruber's (Jim Broadbent) antique shop - a one of a kind pop-up book that takes readers on a tour of London's most famous landmarks, thus giving Aunt Lucy a chance to see and experience the famous city that she had always dreamed of visiting one day.

The sequel is a lot like the first one considering that it's full of laughs, energy and will leave you not only on the edge of your seat but sunk deep in Paddington's shoes as you grow to understand him better and experience the many hardships he goes through in the movie. A feature-length film needs three acts of plot and, to that end, this franchise has introduced villains to Paddington's universe.