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The original Paddington was a gem of a film which, while it may not have set the box office on fire, was popular enough to warrant a sequel. Now, the second trailer gives us a look at what the new movie will actually be about. While the film's first trailer focused mainly on comedy, it was out of context with the plot. The new trailer sets everything up, without going light on the humor and sweetness that made the first film so good. Check out the new trailer below.
The next chapter in Paddington's life in London sees the bear in the blue coat go to work. Paddington will get a job in order to purchase a pop-up book of London to send to his aunt Lucy. This will apparently lead to a number of comedic scenes as Paddington attempts to wash peoples' windows for money. However, there seems to be a great deal more going on as, when an out of work actor, played by Hugh Grant, learns of the book, it is then stolen, with Paddington apparently going to prison for the crime.
If you were a fan of the original Paddington than the sequel is likely right up your alley. It looks to have all the "fish out of water" comedic moments that the first film had, combined with a story which, while certainly being outlandish, is played mostly straight by the cast. Hugh Grant looks to be a solid villain, following in the footsteps of the Nicole Kidman's underrated performance in the first movie. He looks to be a bit over-the-top, to be sure, but that's part of the whole atmosphere of the film. Everything is a bit silly, it's the only way you can make a bear living among people being no big deal really work. It's also great to see Peter Capaldi returning to his supporting role from the first film. The original Paddington premiered prior to Capaldi's run on Doctor Who, so he wasn't quite as well known on this side of the Atlantic as he is now.
The original Paddington grossed a respectable $76 million at the domestic box office, but thanks the international renown of the character, who has been around since 1958, was able to do over $250 million globally. The movie also has a staggering 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes. If more people have discovered the first film since its initial release, thanks to the overwhelmingly positive buzz, it's possible the sequel could be quite a solid hit.
Paddington 2 sees the return of Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville, and Ben Winshaw as the voice of Paddington. Paddington 2 arrives in theaters January 12, 2018.