In "Paddington 2," Paddington is adjusting to his new life in London with the Brown family. He gets framed for stealing a special pop-up book of London, gets sent to prison for the crime, and has to figure out how to prove he was framed. It's one of those rare sequels that's better than the original. It stars an adorable computer-generated British bear voiced by Ben Whishaw and features Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, and Brendan Gleeson in live-action roles.
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The first movie, "Paddington," which starred Nicole Kidman and Jim Broadbent, was released in 2014. Based on the children's stories of the same name by Michael Bond, "Paddington" and "Paddington 2" tell the story of Paddington, a friendly bear from Peru, now based in London. He wears an old red hat, a blue coat, carries a battered briefcase, and loves marmalade.
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Here are the most breathless quotes from critics about "Paddington 2," along with adorable images of Paddington Bear:
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"Paddington 2" was originally meant to be distributed in the United States by The Weinstein Company, but following the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, producers began looking for another American distributor. Producers believed that a pleasant, upbeat children's film should not be associated with the scandal. In November, Warner Bros. acquired the film's North American distribution rights for $32 million.
Ok, we get it. It's only the first half of January. But a lot of movies have come out already, and "Paddington 2" is the best reviewed so far, with a 100% rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.