Winnie the Pooh and friends return in yet another live-action remake of a popular animated Disney classic, only this time, it is more of a sequel than a straight remake. In it, Christopher Robin is all grown up (and played by Ewan McGregor), with a wife (Hayley Atwell) and daughter (Bronte Carmichael), and a job as an efficiency expert at a company run by Giles Winslow (Mark Gatiss); though his job gives him little to no time with his family. Christopher Robin feels stuck in the hum-drum of work. But who better than Winnie the Pooh (Voiced yet again by Jim Cummings) to save the day, and show Christopher what he has been missing?
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In a way, ‘Paddington 2’ is like ‘The Dark Knight’; it may not be the sequel we need right now, but it is the sequel we deserve. In a month where we are exposed to cinematic garbage, Paul King’s continuation of the well-received family comedy/sleeper hit manages to rise, not from Peru like its title character, but from London to America in order to set things right. It is as sweet as a marmalade sandwich and will warm your heart like a cup of hot cocoa in the middle of Winter. Might I add, it is also a charming addition to the library of children’s talking-animal films, and ranks along with the likes of ‘Babe: Pig in the City’ and ‘Stuart Little 2’ as one of the most charming talking-animal movie sequels.
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