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szdaily -> Culture
Paddington 2
    2017-December-20  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

The latest chapter in the adventures of the West London-dwelling Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is every bit as perfectly tuned, funny and kind-hearted as the first installment, maybe even more so.

With its coincidences*, mysteries and mini-puzzles, returning director Paul King and his co-screenwriter Simon Farnaby have worked out an ingenious* plot, a delightfully retro* mechanism that’s as precise as one of the many gizmos featured in the story, from the gears and snarls of rope and electrical cable that form so many accidental traps for the little bear hero to the complex mechanisms that operate steam trains, which are featured in the climax.

The basic idea is that Paddington’s newest neighbor in fictional street Windsor Crescent is Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), a vain*, aging actor who’s been reduced to fronting dog food commercials*.

Learning of the discovery of a one-off 19th century pop-up book (described charmingly as a “popping book” by Jim Broadbent’s antique dealer) that Paddington wants to buy and send to his elderly Aunt Lucy in Peru, Buchanan steals the book, knowing that it contains clues* to a hidden treasure that could fund his one-man show. Paddington tries unsuccessfully to capture the thief, not knowing that it’s really Buchanan.

Unfortunately, Paddington is the one who ends up in jail, where no bedtime stories are read, work is hard and all fear the prison’s fierce* head chef Knuckles McGinty (Gleeson). But Paddington, who insists on looking for the good in everyone like Lucy told him he should, manages to crack McGinty’s hard heart via the magic that is marmalade*. Together, they make the prison a literally brighter, more cheery place.

Meanwhile, beyond those walls in deep West London, the Browns, Paddington’s adopted family (returning players Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin), struggle to find a way to clear Paddington’s name*.

Although it’s a rather crowded cast, just about everyone gets a moment to shine, drop a witty line or pull a funny face — indeed, during one prison scene around 15 actors are crowded into the frame for just this purpose.

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