Paddington 2 opened in the United States today and with 146 reviews counted on Rotten Tomatoes it’s currently sitting at 100%. Having just seen the movie, I struggled trying to figure out something unique to say about it. Then I realized it wasn’t what I could say but how I could say it. So let me present the most family unfriendly review of Paddington 2.
[WARNING: For real, this isn’t family friendly. But at least it doesn’t have any fucking spoilers!]
Paddington 2 delivers a golden shower of positivity and a real donkey punch to the heart. The first movie used a lot of physical humor, not unlike the famous Golden Girls orgy episode. But the sequel has a bit more story and it’s a surprisingly effective story–like when a delivery man shows up in an adult film and just hands over a pizza then leaves.
Hugh Grant takes over for Nicole Kidman as the main foil in the second film and he’s not only a fun villain but pulls off the role without seeming too over the top. He’s casual, nonchalant, the kind of villain you accidentally find pulled over on the side of the road with a prostitute. It’s a role he was born to play.
But overall this movie just makes you smile no matter how old you are or how many people have shit on you this week–literally or figuratively. It has moments of visual flair that will make you want to scream “HOLY JIMMY DEAN FUCKBALL SANDWICHES THAT’S BEAUTIFUL!” but it turns out you shouldn’t do that in a theater. And it will have moments that touch you in ways that are probably inappropriate outside the context of a heart-warming film.
I can’t recommend this movie enough. I give it 10 out of 10 naked bear hugs.