Following up on the extremely nice shock that was 2014’s Paddington, director Paul King has labored some legit magic with the brand new Paddington 2 – making a sequel that’s shockingly simply pretty much as good as the unique. It is a formidable factor to see, and a uncommon one at that… but it surely seems that it wasn’t precisely straightforward. King, who co-wrote the script with Simon Farnaby, had a whole lot of problem making an attempt to crack the story, however finally discovered inspiration in a key place: the legendary films of director Frank Capra, particularly Mr. Deeds Goes To City and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. King not too long ago advised me,
Sequels are exhausting, story-wise, since you’ve parked them on the finish of the primary movie. You go, ‘And every part is blissful!’ Particularly if it is a household movie, they’re unlikely to finish up loathing one another. And so it is exhausting to seek out that story. That is why we wished to start out with one thing actually small that kind of snowballs into one thing bigger. It was actually exhausting to seek out the form of it, after which we kind of stumbled throughout… properly, we knew about them, however we abruptly thought in regards to the Frank Capra movies of the ’30s, particularly Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and Mr. Deeds Goes To City, and people films the place you are taking this little character from a small city, and you set them within the huge cynical world. And abruptly we went, ‘Hold on, that could possibly be the form of [Paddington 2].’ We wished to ship him into the group, and there is a form of a movie there that takes a personality on a journey. As a result of he is not like a classically flawed protagonist! So it felt good.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Paul King and Simon Farnaby earlier this month throughout the Los Angeles press day for Paddington 2, and it was proper at first of the interview that I requested in regards to the origins of the sequel. I used to be curious in regards to the technique of determining the right story to inform within the follow-up, and in his response King revealed not solely that it was a difficult course of, however that it was films just like the Jimmy Stewart traditional Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and Mr. Deeds Goes To City with Gary Cooper that finally helped him and Farnaby determine precisely what it was they wished to do with the movie. And because the director notes, they do have one thing very a lot in frequent, which is discovering a small city character caught up within the trendy city world.
Whereas the primary Paddington served as a kind of origin story – tracing the protagonist’s journey from Darkest Peru to being with the Brown household – the sequel is a really completely different sort of movie. In Paddington 2, the titular speaking bear isn’t solely in search of an ideal birthday current, getting framed for against the law he did not commit within the course of, but additionally proven changing into an integral a part of his group. His neighbors, performed by actors like Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jessia Hynes, Robbie Gee, and Ben Miller, all discover their lives individually touched by the ursine with a coronary heart of gold, in traditional Frank Capra vogue, which on the finish performs an extremely vital half in Paddington having the ability to show his innocence and clear his identify.
You possibly can watch Paul King focus on the method of breaking the story for Paddington 2 and the numerous affect of Frank Capra by hitting play on the video beneath.