Just weeks after releasing into theaters, Paddington 2 has won over many critics, earning a certified 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and receiving 164 consecutive fresh reviews, shoving long time favorite film Toy Story 2 into second place with its meager 163 fresh reviews.
Though the beloved childhood classic has received critical acclaim for decades, the success of Paddington 2 offers a pretty big win for adaptations.
The success of Paddington 2 falls into line with the critical acclaim of its predecessor, Paddington (2015). Directed by the same director, Paul King, the film saw critical and cultural embrace. Of the sequel, film critic Courtney Howard said, “With a heartening, valuable and wholesome message, coupled with dazzling animation and a smashing dose of whimsical hilarity and fun, [Paddington 2] is an unforgettable cinematic gift.”
Adapted from the beloved children’s series written by Michael Bond, the Paddington series follows a lovable bear (named Paddington) who ventures off to England in search for a new home after his previous one is destroyed. The series (and film counterparts) detail his adventures and escapades along the way.
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Paul King, director of Paddington 2 and its predecessor, expressed joy at seeing the handiwork of his team receiving such recognition. He said,
The Paddington films are a real labour of love. So many people pour their hearts and souls into them for months or even years, hand-crafting every last frame, and we are all incredibly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had so far.
The recognition Paddington 2 has received is important, as it emphasizes the success adaptations can have on the big screen. The work King and other directors have done to effectively portray incredible stories like Paddington introduce audiences to the worlds and characters that authors have created. In turn, the acclaim and recognition that adaptations received can transfer interest to their source material. All in all, it offers a big win for the incredible authors whose work has touched us so deeply.
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