Paddington 2 opened November 10th 2017 in the UK with overall positive reviews and takings outpacing the first film’s opening weekend by over 60%!

It is slowly opening around the world with the United States release due in January 2018.

Paddington 2 Trailer

Paddington 2 Official Lowdown


This sequel finds Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London. He has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes!

Padding has been searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday. He sees a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

The film reunites many of the original film’s cast with some new new roles. Paddington 2 again stars Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame. It also features Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent. Peter Capaldi is also back. His fans will know that he leaves his Doctor Who starring role this Christmas.

Hugh Grant of Four Weddings and a Funeral fame plays a new significant role. While Ben Whishaw, of Q James Bond fame, is again voicing Paddington.

The starring ensemble also includes Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Imelda Staunton as the voice of Aunt Lucy.

Paddington’s return is again helmed by director Paul King who wrote the script with Simon Farnaby. The films are based on the books by Michael Bond who created Paddington Bear.

The film was produced by multiple award-winning producer David Heyman best known for the Harry Potter films. Serving as executive producers are Rosie Alison, Jeffrey Clifford, Alexandra Ferguson Derbyshire, Ron Halpern, and Didier Lupiter.


Paddington 2 Theatrical release dates

UK: November 10th 2017
Australia and New Zealand: December 21st 2017
US and Canada: January 12th 2018

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online