A film with 100% approval at Rotten Tomatoes? How is that possible? And which mythical film could possible charm the pants off notoriously feisty film critics?
Believe it or not, it’s Paddington 2.
That’s right, the second film to feature the beloved British bear with a love of mar marmalade is the best reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes. Having had the chance to sit down with the Princess to watch it last week, I can see why. The film is well-written, well-acted, and the CGI that brings Paddington to life is absolutely outstanding. I genuinely had moments watching the film where I wondered how director Paul King managed to bring the bear to life.
The Princess was a little reluctant to watch – there were no My Little Ponys or Teen Titans in the film, and we also hadn’t seen the first film. Luckily – that didn’t matter. Paddington 2 does a quick set-up to explain the characters family situation, both with Bears and Browns (his adopted English family), before setting into the main story, where Paddington is jailed for a crime he didn’t commit (instead, the culprit (not a spoiler) is Hugh Grant, who seems to be having a ball playing a washed up actor looking for some easy money).
Though initially hesitant, as Paddington 2 started, I could hear The Princess snickering beside me, and soon enough we were laughing outloud together at his antics. I had fun pointing out to her famous British faces, including Jessica Hynes of Spaced fame, and Peter Capaldi from Doctor Who, who she knows from the Warner Brothers Interactive Games LEGO Dimensions set.
The best kids films, in my humble opinion, are the ones that can entertain the children but pack in enough quality writing to make it worthwhile for adults as well. Happy to say, Paddington 2 delivers that in spades. It deserves all the kudos its received, and it can now add ones from me and The Princess to the mix.
Paddignton 2 is available to rent or purchase now.