Paddington 2 stood alone with a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes for 4 years before one lone negative review by a sad, sad person took it off its mantle. Wes Anderson looks over at Paddington 2’s test and copies its aesthetic. The Marvel Cinematic Universe stands in awe at its ability to create a complex web of sympathetic characters, each with their own backstory and arc, each individual contributing through their own quest to a greater whole story, all within one movie.
The story is simple, but rich with flavor. An innocent bear gets framed for a crime he did not commit, and chaos ensues. The prison segment is beautiful as we watch hardened men open to the possibility of kinship through marmalade sandwiches. We see a small bear change the lives of all he interacts with through no other means than kindness. Kindness is what this movie is about. While one might have their own feelings about the message that there is no problem too awful that cannot be solved through positive community interactions, one cannot help but gaze in wonder and admiration at that little bear. You will laugh, you will cry. Pedro Pascal’s character (him, yes, the hot one) in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent says it “made him want to be a better man.” You will change after this movie. You will reflect on who you are, you will love who you have been, but you will want to be better.