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‘Paddington 2’ Is One Of The Most Critically Acclaimed Films Of All Time

We must all see the good bear movie.

Paddington 2

It looks like Paddington 2 — a whimsical and delightful children’s film about a giant man-bear — could be the sleeper hit of the summer, with the film managing to become one of only four films ever to boast a perfect 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rotten Tomatoes is always a shaky way of defining the merits of a film, with the review aggregating site usually pointing more to extreme division, rather than any sort of consensus. A good example would be the recent controversy around Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in which the alt-right allegedly attempted to tank the film’s ratings through a sustained bot attack, due to their extreme butthurt at the film’s many women.

So, it’s no easy feat to become a universally beloved film, but it seems somehow fitting that the mild adventures of a charming Peruvian spectacled bear has become one of the only films our troubled world can agree on.

In order to win this accolade, Paddington 2 needed to receive over 100 completely positive reviews, which is obviously not a simple accomplishment. The other three films to achieve this are Toy Story 2, a certified banger, as well as Man on Wire and Things To Come, which I guess we should check out. The extremely hyped Lady Bird also held this distinction for a while, before being maliciously tanked by a single poor review, after 163 positive ones.

Based on the children’s stories featuring the character of Paddington Bear (or Pastuso, as is his Peruvian name), and the sequel to 2014’s Paddington,  the charming Paddington 2 seems to revolve around the plot of our beloved bear being falsely imprisoned for the theft of an antique pop-up book, with hi-jinks assumedly occurring in the quest to clear his name. The cast includes Ben Whishaw as the voice of the bear, as well as Peter Capaldi, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and TWO of the British Hugh triumvirate in Hugh Grant and Hugh Bonneville.

Watch the trailer here: