So what’s new with Paddington 2? Well, in addition to introducing a bunch of new neighbors in Windsor Gardens, there’s two major characters that help spice things up: Hugh Grant’s aging and extremely vain actor, Phoenix Buchanan; and Brendan Gleeson’s hardened criminal Knuckles McGinty. Both men play very different roles in Paddington’s narrative, but they are equally important, and a lot of fun to watch. Grant walks the line of the natural hammy nature of Phoenix, without allowing him to totally slip into one dimensional parody, and seeing as he’s the film’s villain, he still portrays a bit of menace in his quest. As for Gleeson, watching him go from hardened to slightly less hardened and friendly with a bear is another absolute treat, as he is equally up to the task.