For all of its slavish devotion to Mary Poppins, the sequel doesn’t even seem to recognize its greatest attribute: its star.
It arrives on home video ready for canonization as a new family-friendly classic, and this Blu-ray transfer immaculately reflects its inviting warmth.
Paul King’s Paddington 2 profoundly believes in the harmonizing power of warmth, politeness, and the absurd.
A beautiful presentation of a weird, sporadically exciting film that merges the tropes of the James Bond series with a startlingly expressive aesthetic.
The narrative is helplessly adrift, a yarn that extols vague grit and determination with no discernible through line.
One doesn’t doubt the filmmakers’ empathy for Lili even as one questions its sentimentality.
There’s much to admire here, from its symbolically sickly aesthetic to its clearly shot action sequences.
The film’s episodes and attitudes register with searing immediacy while feeling true to their time period.
As intelligent, often hilarious, and occasionally insightful as it is, it aslo shows a filmmaker’s style hardening into shtick.
The film is surprising for the way it finds a near-ideal balance between its childlike playfulness and displays of mature wisdom.