‘Paddington 2’ Is One Of The Most Critically Acclaimed Films Of All Time
We must all see the good bear movie.
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 (@RottenTomatoes) January 9, 2018
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.
Paddington 2 has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. 2017 is saved.
— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) December 21, 2017
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.
By the way I wanted to say how amazing #Paddington2 is. I took my kids yesterday and I thought it was exactly what I wish more children entertainment were like. Well written, beautifully crafted and a very sensible and wise message. My kids loved it! Highly recommended
— Alex Noyer (@alexnoyer) January 16, 2018
Paddington 2 made me cry like a little bitch like four times dammit. 10/10
— new year new me ??? (@jonathanfbarr) January 16, 2018
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: