Paddington 2 Bears Kindness in the Age of Fear-mongering

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Paddington 2 Bears Kindness in the Age of Fear-mongering

Illustration: Palak Bansal


t’s only the first couple of weeks of 2018, and we are already at the brink of nuclear war spearheaded by two of the world’s greatest arseholes who announced their intention on Twitter. I don’t know which part of that statement to mourn first. But I do know that I have had a shot of decency and kindness in the adventures of a CGI Peruvian bear.

In Paul King’s Paddington 2, one of the rare instances of a sequel holding up even better than its charming predecessor, we meet our favourite ursine immigrant again. The film opens with Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw), now well settled with the Brown family, being on the lookout for the perfect gift for Aunt Lucy’s birthday. On a visit to Mr Gruber’s antique shop, Paddington comes across a unique London pop-up book that he is convinced would make his aunt, who has always wanted to travel to London,  deliriously happy. Except there’s a slight catch: Being the last edition, the book is an expensive affair. Not one to give up, Paddington decides to get a job in order to save up the money for the book.