It was a joy to attend the Paddington 2 Premiere to catch everyone’s favourite bear on the big screen once again. We were lucky enough to attend the first premiere too so expectations were high, and thankfully the sequel didn’t disappoint.
It was a freezing day so I paired an oversized vintage coat of my Mum’s, with my new M&S hat, a floaty floral Zara dress and over the knee boots by Daniel. The boys were dressed in matching clothes at the start of the day (I love them twinning) but Xander left his little Michael Kors jacket at Cliveden House in the morning when we popped in for coffee, meaning a mad dash home before the movie to collect another coat for him!
Luckily after all that, we arrived to a brilliantly fun bear bonanza at the world premiere with a party in the lobby downstairs filled with balloons, candy floss, and performers on hand to entertain the little ones before the film began. It was also lovely to bump into the brilliant Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha and have a quick chat…
The band from the movie serenaded us before the opening credits rolled and the cast and crew took to the stage to discuss the magic of making the film. What a treat.
And what lucky kids my sons are. I remind them of this every single day.
…Paddington 2 the film, is a complete change of pace and tone from the first and far more sentimental movie (and equally brilliant offering). This is a high-action big budget movie with air balloon rides and thrilling train chases, and Hugh Grant, yes, Hugh Grant in a hilariously funny antagonistic role which marks a cinematic departure for him and one which utterly steals the show!
The kids were captivated throughout and Xander’s contagious little laugh is always my favourite sound!
I won’t give any plot spoilers away (because who the heck wants to read spoilers) but the film sees Paddington being accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and his lovable family are some unexpected friends are called in to save the day.
The whimsical British sensibility of the first film isn’t lost in the sequel despite the hi-fi effects and bells and whistles… you’ll still be on the edge of your seats throughout and will certainly shed a tear or two at the emotional climax, so don’t forget the tissues…
Paddington 2 is heartwarming, furry fun at its finest so start preparing those marmalade sandwiches and sit back and enjoy this touching tribute to Michael Bond.
I’m certain there’ll be a third movie, and more.
…As you can see we practically danced our way across London, balloons in hand, happy from witnessing such a feel-good movie and with the stars no doubt, before catching our train back home…