Only the 1st 2018 movie I've seen and already it's better than 83% of movies I saw in 2017. Stellar start to a new year of movies.
Took 6-year old Emily to see this and we both totally loved it. I couldn't believe how much I was laughing out loud. All the time.
I know nothing of Paddington, not having seen the first one (which I hear is good), nor having read the books. Same with Emily. You don't need to have previous exposure to love this movie. It's a total joy and so, so smart.
Hugh Grant is a blast as are all the supporting cast. Sally Hawkins is great and adds a ton of gravitas to this one surprisingly dramatic scene.
The special effects are perfect and leads to a total suspension of disbelief. Never once did I question, "...so...are these Londoners cool with a bear walking around and talking?"
You don't even need a kid to bring to this. It's perfect on its own for adults.
Super highly recommended.
Heart rating: 5 stars
Brain rating: 4.5 stars (has a bunch of surprising depth)