After holding the top spot on Rotten Tomatoes with a perfect score, Paddington 2 gets knocked back to a 99% rating, thanks to a negative review.
Acclaimed sequel, Paddington 2, has lost its top-rated spot on Rotten Tomatoes due to a newly added negative review. Mere weeks after the film topped legendary Orson Welles film, Citizen Kane, for the number one spot, Paddington 2’s perfect 100% score is no more, leaving it tied with Citizen Kane for the distinct honor of number one. Many fans will undoubtedly be upset about this transformation, but unfortunately, these are the bare facts.
The initial arrival of Paddington 2 in 2017 marked a followed up to what had been a highly successful debut in 2014. Though the character first appeared in print in 1958 by author Michael Bond, Paddington’s appeal has persisted for decades, remaining a childhood favorite of countless fans. When the first big screen Paddington adaptation finally arrived, it was after years of challenges – one of which involved who would voice the beloved character. Colin Firth was originally cast as the Peruvian bear, but in time, the Oscar-winning actor realized that his voice wasn’t the right fit. Ultimately, it was Ben Whishaw who took over voicing duties for Paddington, and he’s been part of the franchise ever since.
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It’s no exaggeration to say that Paddington 2 helped give the franchise even more clout, and fans are confident that appeal will continue into future sequels. The recent confirmation that the film held the top spot of all films reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes further added to Paddington’s allure, but according to The Wrap, Paddington 2’s days of being top bear have now come to an end, thanks to a rather calculated negative review from Film Authority critic, Eddie Harrison. Calling the Paddington character in the film “a sinister, malevolent imposter,” Harrison panned the entire franchise and derailed Paddington 2’s perfect score, saying:
This is not my Paddington Bear, but a sinister, malevolent imposter who should be shot into space, or nuked from space at the first opportunity. Over-confident, snide and sullen, this manky-looking bear bears little relation to the classic character, and viewers should be warned; this ain’t yo mamma’s Paddington bear, and it won’t be yours either. Maybe if you’ve never seen the tv show and don’t know any better, this’ll work, but long-term Paddington fans will find this too much to bear.
Thanks to Harrison’s review, Paddington 2 currently holds a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as does Citizen Kane. Ultimately, the shift in its status means very little, but there was a certain amount of happiness among fans that arguably the best entry in the franchise was statistically the highest rated film of all time. Fortunately, the Paddington series continues to thrive, and if the previous two entries are any indication, the upcoming Paddington 3 has the potential to once again compete for Rotten Tomatoes’ top spot.
As for Harrison, it seems a rather petty move to supply a review simply for the sake of ruining Paddington 2’s standing. Some may argue that the only reason the film hit the top spot in the first place is because an 80-year-old negative review of Citizen Kane was discovered. While that’s true, it’s not quite the same as deliberately offering a negative review at this point. The entire effort smacks of a need for attention, and to that end, Harrison will get exactly what he’s so desperate for. What the review certainly can’t and won’t do, however, is take away from the joy that the Paddington franchise continues to bring young and old alike.
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Source: The Wrap
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