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Peter Rabbit (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Will Gluck

Starring:
James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Colin Moody, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley

Other notable appearances:
Sam Neill, Sia, Bryan Brown, Chris Mann

Running time:
95 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Hop, Rise of the Guardians, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Smurfs

 

Peter Rabbit (Corden) lives a good life with his sisters, cousin, other woodland critters and kind human neighbour Bea (Byrne). The only blemish in his world is the nasty old Mr McGregor who killed Peter’s dad and put him in a pie. 

When Mr McGregor dies, Peter lays claim to Mr McGregor’s house and garden. The only problem is that Mr McGregor has a rabbit-hating great-nephew who is determined to take the house, the garden and Bea’s affections.

Peter Rabbit is one of those magical children’s movies that manages to include entertainment for children and adults. There is a lot of sarcasm and some jokes that will go right over the heads of the wee ones, but there are also cute bunnies using slapstick humour against a mean man and lessons about friendship — wins all around!

Rose Byrne is simply marvellous as Bea, the kind artist who protects Peter and his woodland critter friends and family. Byrne brings the right measures of sweetness, likeability and talent with just a dash of wickedness that stops the character from being too much.

I did find the film to be a bit cloying at times, but it is aimed for a much younger and less cynical audience, so I can’t really hold that against it. The moral of the story also felt quite forced, but again, the target audience isn’t always going to be great with subtlety. 

Overall, I think Peter Rabbit is a great film for kids of all ages. It manages to balance the humour enough to entertain adults and children alike. The animation is adorable and the plot fits well into the 90 minute timeframe. Whether you’re an adult watching with little ones or just a big kid yourself, there’s something for everyone. 

Rating:

“Rabbits are generous, honest, pure and graceful creatures.”

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