“Paddington 2” comes to theaters January 12th

The adorable and lovable Paddington is back in theatres in Paddington 2 January 12th! My friend Rosanne, with her two children, ages 4 and 8, attended a special screening sponsored by Warner Brothers Pictures in December on behalf of Westside Mommy. It was held at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, where guests also enjoyed snacks and English themed treats.

About the movie

Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it.  But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Reuniting many of the original film’s cast while welcoming those in new roles, “Paddington 2” stars Golden Globe nominee Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), three-time Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (“The Guard,” “Into the Storm,” “In Bruges”), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (“Billy Elliot,” “Educating Rita”), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi (short, “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”), with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner Hugh Grant (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”), and BAFTA winner Ben Whishaw (“The Hollow Crown”) as the voice of Paddington.  The starring ensemble also includes Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”) as the voice of Aunt Lucy.

Paddington’s return to the big screen was again helmed by BAFTA-nominated director Paul King (“Paddington,” “Come Fly with Me,” “The Mighty Boosh”) from a script written by King and Simon Farnaby (Sky TV’s “Yonderland,” “Mindhorn”), based on the best-selling and internationally adored books by Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear.

“Paddington 2” review by Jake, age 8

We went to a special screening of Paddington 2 with my sister, my mom and me. I liked this movie and I think kids older than 4 and adults will really like this movie. In the beginning, Aunt Lucy and Uncle were talking about London when they saw Paddington in trouble, so they saved Paddington. But, because they raised Paddington, they couldn’t go to London. But, Paddington went to London and Paddington is now being raised by the Brown family. It is also Aunt Lucy’s birthday and he is struggling to find a perfect  gift. What happens next is a huge adventure. This movie is funny, exciting and Paddington shows us to look for the good in everyone.

Pictures from the event

Photos taken by Rosanne Fisch

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Disclaimer: Westside Mommy was invited as a member of the media to screen “Paddington 2”. The event was sponsored by Warner Brothers Pictures. No monetary compensation was exchanged for this post. All opinions are 100% honest and owned by the author. Key art images provided by Warner Brothers Pictures.