Paddington 2
2017
*****
Director: Paul King
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw

Paddington Brown has settled in his life in London. Aunt Lucy’s birthday is approaching, and Paddington plans to buy her an expensive pop-up book, but when the book is stolen, the framed little bear is sent to prison. The 2014 adaptation of Michael Bond’s stories offered a perfect blend of live action and CGI for the entire family, and this irresistible sequel improves that incredibly high quality level. The film is beautifully scripted and consistently funny, and Paddington must be one of the loveliest screen characters of all time. Hugh Grant gives a hilarious performance as a self-absorbed actor.