Sequels are rarely as good as the originals, but that is not true in this case. This particular family friendly film has everything one could want in such a film. The characters are all vivid and the central ones are likable. The villain, Phoenix Buchanan, is played brilliantly by Hugh Grant, an actor playing an actor who is down on his luck and in his bank account as well. Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame reprises his role as Mr. Brown, and for good measure an alumnus from Hogwarts is thrown in— Jim Broadbent as Mr. Gruber who runs an antique shop worthy of those Harry Potter films. Children will not have time to get bored in this film as it is only 105 minutes long, and full of funny scenes, spoofs, action shots, and of course lots of marmalade and sweets thrown in for good measure.
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