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“Paddington 2” Movie (2018) — Best Of British Whimsicality Epitomized.

by Anura Guruge




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Of course it did not disappoint. That would have been impossible. This is an immaculately crafted movie — as you would expect.

It is exactly what a family movie of this genre is meant to be: sloppily sentimental, clever, funny, cute, dramatic in parts and captivating at multiple levels.

To use a good ol’ British expression very much in keeping with this movie — it warms the cockles of your heart.

Enjoyed it very much — though it brought tears to my eyes a couple of times.

Yes, it is a movie about a very intelligent, talking bear. So, one cannot be too fussy about inconsistencies in ‘reality’. Based on the very tall skyscraper, the contemporary Volvo and police cars, the story would appear to be set in the 21st century (early 21st century may be it) — but there are a lot of telephone booths and no cell phones. All adds to the charm.

Of course, I recommend it highly. Can’t wait to see it again. Have seen the first ‘Paddington‘ twice. So, this won’t be any different.

I only have one criticism and that might have to do with the projection equipment at the Portsmouth (NH) Cinemagic. While the color of spot-on and vivid in all close-ups, it looked washed out and foggy in the wide-angle shots. It was OK. It was just that the colors did not pop. Looked like it was in low-resolution, but w know that that was not the case.

So, having been foiled on Friday, by a leaky roof at the ‘Regal Concord 10‘, from seeing it on opening night, we went to Portsmouth to see it on Sunday — at the Cinemagic. That is a much nicer cinema — despite my concerns about the color.




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Roof Leak At “Regal Concord 10” Ruins Our Effort To See “Paddington 2” On Opening Night!

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I am miffed! I had been looking forward to this for days. NOT often — actually can’t remember the last time — that I tried to go to a movie on its opening night.

May the POX be on “Regal Concord 10“. How bloody pathetic? Just a bit of rain.

Typical New Hampshire.

Not amused. Going to go to Portsmouth next time. Should have gone to Portsmouth in the first place.

I only go to the “Regal Concord 10” because it is the closest. It has no other redeeming virtues. Just a dank, often dirty pit and now it will be even more musty. Maybe the State will close it down as a health hazard.


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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (3D) — Spectacular, But I Could “Take It, Or Leave It”.

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No denying that it is indeed quite spectacular. Some of the beasts and sequences really are fantastic and engrossing. Very clever, very dramatic. Kind of over the top. But, cute and some really touching bits.

Not really my cup of tea. I was never a big “Harry Potter” fan. So I was not their target audience. The girls loved it. 

The 3D was STRANGE! Oh! Some very impressive, in-your-face effects. But, other than center, foreground everything else was out-of-focus and blurred. We all noticed and commented on this. Now this could have been the equipment at the cinema we went to, viz. “Regal Concord 10“, in Concord, N.H. We have had issues with their 3D in the past — and once even got a full refund from the manager. 

Lavish, no expenses spared production. Amazing sets, amazing scenes.

If you like this genre of entertainment, this has to be up there — top drawer. You might want to think hard about the 3D. It might be BETTER without 3D!

P.S., Loved the Platypus. BEST part of the movie. Best character. I want one.

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“Hotel Transylvania 2” — Très Bien, What A Kid’s Cartoon Is Supposed To Be.

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Teischan (9) loved the first ‘Hotel Transylvania‘. She had been asking for a while whether we could go and see the second one. Yesterday I was able to fulfill her wish. We saw it at the ‘Regal Concord 10’ in Concord, N.H.

It was good. Very good — but I knew it would be. Uncomplicated, unadulterated entertainment — which is what these movies are supposed to be.

The quality and rendering, though very good, was not as good as Disney/Pixar (and as a Disney (and Pixar) shareholder I have to say that) and the dialogue lacked the inevitable Disney adult innuendo. But it was fast paced, amusing and cute. Kids loved it and to me that is all that matters.

It was not in 3D. We made the 4pm show, which is, in theory, a matinee. But it still cost, just for the 3 tickets, close to $32. That can get expensive.

But definitely all thumbs up. Go take the kids. They will love it.

Reminded me of “Grand Budapest Hotel”.