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When sequels are announced for big-name movies, it's often a bittersweet moment. Fans get excited because they'll get another taste of the characters they love, but there's no denying that the vast number of sequels have flopped.
Remember Taken? Dumb and Dumber? The Hangover? The Mask? Fast and Furious? They were all brilliant movies that had, erm, less than brilliant follow-up movies.
However, one movie that seems to have somehow bucked that trend is Paddington 2, which has officially become the fourth film to gain a 100 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
While 2018 might have only just begun, the movie about the lovable Paddington Bear has already gained the title of 'Best Reviewed Film of the Year'. And yeah, we're a bit baffled, too.
With an ever-growing mass of positive reviews - currently a total of 196 - it's no wonder Paddington 2 has kept rising to the top spot in the Rotten Tomatoes Hall of Fame.
The other three films that have managed to score 100 percent in the Rotten Tomatoes Hall of Fame include Pixar animation Toy Story 2, the 2008 documentary Man On Wire and 2016 drama Thing To Come.
Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal said: "Paddington 2 is The Godfather Part II of Peruvian bear movies, a sequel that surpasses the superb original."
"Even in sequel form, Bond's furry metaphor survives its animation intact," the Globe and Mail's Kate Taylor said.
Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times wrote: "It's an exquisite reminder of the wondrous things that can happen when a storyteller of boundless imagination avails himself of some rigorous discipline."
Alonso Duralde, writer for What The Flick, described the film as 'everything that a kid's movie should be: sweet and adorable and kind,' adding that 'adults can enjoy it too'.
Meanwhile, audience reviewers described Paddington 2 as a 'tear jerker', 'adorable' and a 'perfect family film'.
The sequel to the first Paddington movie - which earned a high score of 98 percent on the 'TomatoMeter' - follows the story of the talking bear as he settles down in London with his new family, the Browns.
When searching for a gift for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, he finds an amazing pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop. Unable to afford it, the loveable bear begins to do odd jobs to earn enough money to buy the gift.
But before he can purchase the book, it's stolen, so it's up to Paddington - along with the Browns and some new friends - to find the thief and get the book back.
Yeah, doesn't sound on par with the absolute gem that is Toy Story 2 to us either, but each to their own and all that.
Words: Jade Culver
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