Jan 29, 2018
I always want to go to the movies. There was a time in my life when I would just go to the movie theater and buy a ticket for whatever was playing next. I loved this. There is something really special about going to the movies that I’m never going to get tired of.
As such, I really wanted to go to the movies last week. There are too many movies that I want to see. But I have two kids and another one on the way. Without a babysitter, that often means that I’m going to watch whatever kids’ movie is in the theater right now. This time I lucked out. This time, I got to see “Paddington 2.”
If you haven’t seen the first “Paddington” movie, I feel sorry for your heart. It clearly isn’t functioning on the level it should. The first “Paddington” movie is one of only two movies that I get secretly jazzed to watch on family movie night. Sure, I hem and haw. I say things like, “We just watched that one.” But I not-so-secretly love Paddington. He is a genuinely charming bear.
When I heard that “Paddington 2” was coming out in theaters, I got really excited. When Warner Brothers and Studio Canal released the first trailer, I dropped what I was doing and messaged my wife in all caps. I choose not to replicate the text here, but I guarantee that it was all caps and maybe a few emojis. I never use emojis.
I tend not to hate kids’ movies, but many of them lack any sort of rewatchability. Many of the movies that my kids watch tend to be low brow and crass. Think of the “Teen Titans Go to the Movies” trailer: that’s what my kids like. It is frenetic and involves a lot of fart jokes. I tend to laugh at fart jokes, so I don’t mind watching a fart joke movie once in a while. But how much can one guy take? Sometimes, I just need a movie with a little substance. That’s what “Paddington 2” offered.