We screened Paddington 2 as a family a few weeks and absolutely loved it. I love how the Paddington movies are not only funny, but they give you the warm fuzzies too. For our Paddington 2 movie review, I’m sharing the 5 reasons we love the movie and why we think you will too.
Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community. He spends his days spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop. In order to buy it, he takes on a series of odd jobs. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
Paddington never seems to try to be anything other than he is, a kind, sweet bear. But his human family, especially the kids, seem to struggle with accepting themselves. We learn in this film that being yourself is one of the greatest things you can do in life. And you just might help out someone in need, in a way that only you can.
The love of your family is unconditional.
Whether it is the family you are born with, or the one you find all on your own, the bonds of family are strong. Families love you unconditionally, support your goals, and lift you up, sometimes even literally. It’s hard being a short bear in a large crowd.
Appearances can be deceiving.
Too often we judge books by their covers. People who seem charming and well put together are often favored over those who are a bit rough around the edges.
But if we open our eyes, and hearts just a little, we learn it’s not what is on the outside that counts, but the inside.
Stand up for what is right.
In this film Paddington is wrongfully accused of a crime. Everyone knows he must be innocent despite the evidence saying otherwise. His family doesn’t give up on him or trying to prove his innocence. We all need to learn to speak the truth even when no one else wants to listen to it.
Always look for the good in others.
Paddington is the kind of bear who looks for the good in everyone he meets. That kindness he shows to others makes him a favorite among his community. He not only finds the goodness in others, but by believing in it, he brings out the best in everyone around him. We could all learn to be more like Paddington.
Paddington looks for the good in all of us and somehow he finds it.
Paddington 2 is a wonderful film for the whole family. Get your tickets today and see it this weekend when it opens in theaters all across the U.S.
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Paddington 2 is in theaters January 12th 2018!
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If you have not see The Last Jedi yet, this post is not for you. Spoilers are all over this! I have been waiting to share my 10 Favorite Star Wars The Last Jedi Scenes since I first saw the movie. Also, I wanted to say, for all to see, that I LIKE the fact The Last Jedi took everything I thought it was going to do and went left.
I was wrong about Rey, and I’m okay with that. Kylo did something I was not expecting him to do, well at least this soon in the franchise. And with all the decisions and sacrifices that were made, it is going to be exciting to see what happens in the future. We are in uncharted space folks, and I like it.
BB-8 and BB-9E
I love the droids in Star Wars, well maybe not you C-3PO. I can’t with your anxiety. BB-8 is like your dog. He wants to help, he’s protective, and you ask about him first him first when your friends make it back to base alive. BB-9E on the other hand is your cynical cat who has no time for your crap. He’s not here for your games, no you aren’t getting away with anything, but you still love him too. Or at least I do. I’m happy to see the Dark Side get a fun droid. Their droids always seem so dumb or generic. Roger, roger.
Speaking of Droids, the OG droid is back and as independent and mouthy as ever. Can you be mouthy without a mouth? I’m not sure, but what I do know is his reunion with Luke made me happy.
Porgs, Fathiers, and Vulptex
Meet the Porgs, Fathiers, and Vulptex. They are fun, endearing, and so darn cute. For those scratching their heads, the Fathiers are the creatures Rose and Finn ride on and the Vulptex are the ice foxes on Crait. If anyone sees a Vulptex plush I need it. Not asking for friend, it’s definitely for me.
I was camp confused at first too. Why would they do this? Cut him out (pun intended) so soon? Then after I thought about it I thought about this: Striking down Snoke, Kylo/Ben cut the strings that bound him to anyone. He really did kill his past, not just his distant past but his recent as well. He did the thing Vader couldn’t. With no one more powerful than him, with the exception of Rey, to keep him in check, Kylo’s future is wide open. I can’t wait to see what he does with this ultimate power and how The Resistance deals with the aftermath. I have a feeling more epic lightsaber battles are coming.
Rey and Kylo
Nope, not talking about shipping them. In fact I don’t ship it. *Shrugs* I’m talking them standing back to back and taking out the Praetorian guards. Each time I watched this movie, people cheered. It was an awesome, hell yes moment in the movie. Lets give some respect for those guards though, who unlike the Emperor’s Imperial Guards, actually did something. Their weapons are pretty sick too. I wonder if there were anymore in another room or if it was just this one team?
Because Poe. *heart eye emoji*
Luke training Rey, sorta
Luke promised Rey 3 lessons. He only gave 2. Is the last one learning to press on without him there? Or will Force Luke show up in Episode IX to school her in lesson 3?
“I feel the force.” Smack. Pretty sure Daisy Ridley was channeling me. Because if I ever got the chance to train with Luke, that’s probably how nerdy excited I would be too.
I’ll admit, the first time watching The Last Jedi was stressful. I was worried about Leia. When she started floating through space I sat there, jaw dropped. No, this couldn’t be what they would do with her. And then her fingers twitches and she used THE FORCE to pull herself back to the ship. In case you missed all the clues in the previous films, Leia has The Force too. She just doesn’t do all the tricks, that we expect to see with Force sensitive people. Kudos to Rian for showing Leia using The Force and all the other scenes where she is being her bad*ss self.
Luke taking on The First Order, like a Boss.
If you didn’t laugh-out-loud and/or cheer when Luke brushed his shoulder off we can’t be friends. Earlier in the movie he admonishes Rey for thinking he could make a difference in the fight against The First Order and Kylo Ren. He says something along the lines of, what do you think I’m going to do, walk out there with a laser sword and face down the whole First Order?
Foreshadowing chills because that’s exactly what he does. I noticed during the first viewing that his feet didn’t seem to make a difference in the Crait soil. I thought hmm that’s suspect. Then when I realized it was because he had Force projected himself into the scene, I lost it. How freaking cool was that?! It also showed just how strong in The Force he is. Everyone, with the exception of Leia I’m almost 100% sure, thought he was really there. This trick made Snoke’s Force FaceTime look like padawan play.
This wasn’t CGI Yoda, this was our good old puppet friend, and wise teacher, Master Yoda. It was great to see him interacting with Luke, putting him in his place about everything. He brought some snark and schooled us on the greatest lesson of all – “the greatest teacher, failure is.” Mic drop, Yoda.
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I’m going to be real with you all. I screened The Last Jedi yesterday. And it was absolutely incredible. It makes this an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. The Last Jedi just might be the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back.
I don’t even know where to begin with this post. When the credits rolled, I looked at my friend and said how am I suppose to write about this? It was everything I thought it would be and so much more. How can I translate that into a spoiler free review?
The truth is I don’t think I can. No, I’m not going to write spoilers, I just have to approach this one differently than I usually do. As you can see, I didn’t give this a fun title like 5 Reasons To See The Last Jedi or Lessons Learned From The Last Jedi. Nope. One, you’re going to go see it, you want to see it. And two I might give away something and I do not want to spoil this movie for anyone. So I kept it simple- Star Wars The Last Jedi Spoiler Free Review. Although how much of a review it is versus how much I’m just trying to work through everything I saw and felt remains to be seen.
Okay, lets start here. It was an intense, emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Pretty positive I didn’t exhale until the end. I was legitimately on the edge of my seat, holding hands with my friends. All around us you could hear gasps, woahs, sharp intakes of breath, OMGs, laughter, and cheering.
I could just end this here with a go see it and PM me later so we can talk about it. It feels like to say something, or even barely something says too much. I understand a bit of what the cast felt like, the burden of talking about The Last Jedi without giving anything away. It is difficult. Each scene of the film told us something, showed us things we needed to see, and held us tightly in the moment so that all other things melted away.
You came here for a review. And I’m going to try my best to pull my thoughts together and give you what I can.
The Last Jedi welcomes to the family Rose Tico, Vice Admiral Holdo, The Porgs, and BB-9E. Rose is a slightly awkward and endearing maintenance worker for The Resistance. She shows us that ordinary people can make a big difference. After all, the heroes wouldn’t have X-Wings to pilot if someone wasn’t repairing them. My interview with Kelly Marie Tran about Rose is coming later this week.
Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, is as formidable as she is intelligent. She’s in charge and is not afraid to remind you of that. Laura Dern shared her inspiration for the Vice Admiral in our interview. Holdo is a strong female character walking in the footsteps of the great General Leia.
I loved the Porgs. They are cute and not at all nefarious like I thought they might be. My kids are definitely Team Porg.
BB-9E on the other hand is quite nefarious. But I kinda learned that when I met him during the press junket. We aren’t use to seeing Dark Side droids on screen, at least not long enough to glean some ideas of their personality. I hope we see more of him in the next film. He’s a sassy one.
The Last Jedi is more Rogue One in tone than it is The Force Awakens. The film deals with war in a way that we haven’t seen in the prior Episodes. It explores the duality of the human spirit- we all have light and dark inside of us. Is anyone wholly one or the other? The humor sprinkled throughout really helps in lightening the emotional weight of certain scenes.
We see each of our main characters grow in this film, some for the better, others not so much. They all make choices that put them on the trajectory of who I think they will ultimately become. When The Last Jedi opens we find them each dealing with the consequences of The Force Awakens.
Rey has made it to Luke but our heroes are not always what we expected them to be. She is also working through the death of Han Solo and how to respond to the awakening of The Force inside her. Finn must discover what it means to be a real hero and decide once and for all if he is going to stand and fight or turn and flee. Poe is still the best pilot in the galaxy, but he must grow in his instincts beyond his flying abilities, to become a true leader. Kylo Ren and General Hux are nursing their wounds both physical and mental from their last encounter with The Resistance. Sure The First Order is powerful, but these two still struggle under the weight of Supreme Leader Snoke.
I think every fan is going into this film with a certain anticipation and maybe even anxiety about what is going to happen to Leia. There is something intense about watching Carrie Fisher’s scenes. Knowing that Carrie poured her heart into this role, and unfortunately passed away too soon, places monumental importance on those scenes that might not have been there otherwise. We will never know, but I do know she will forever be our Princess.
Rian Johnson shared that The Empire Strikes Back is his favorite of the Star Wars films. You can see that inspiration in The Last Jedi. No it is not a copy of Empire. I could feel it in the lighting and the gravity of the overall story. Like Empire, The Last Jedi is a turning point for our characters and the entire galaxy.
There is nothing at the end of the credits, but I think you should sit through them. If only to give yourself time to process what you saw.
Star Wars The Last Jedi is in theaters everywhere December 15th 2017