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[Movie Review] Peter Rabbit (2018)

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Plot Summary: Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden.

Director: Will Gluck

Writer: Rob Lieber

Runtime: 1hr 33 min

Main Cast:
  • James Corden as Peter Rabbit (voice)
  • Fayssal Bazzi as Mr. Tod (voice)
  • Domhnall Gleeson as Mr Jeremy Fisher / Mr. Thomas McGregor
  • Sia as Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (voice)
  • Colin Moody as Benjamin Bunny (voice)
  • Sam Neill as Old Mr. McGregor / Tommy Brock
  • Margot Robbie as Flopsy / The Narrator (voice)
  • Daisy Ridley as Cotton-Tail (voice)
  • Rose Byrne as Bea / Jemima Puddle-Duck (voice)
Review by: Marie Being a fan of the Peter Rabbit books, I was eager to see how they would make a live action film and if it would live up to the classic tales of the book.

Going into the theater I had an open mind but was also extremely judgy. I was already impressed though with the movie’s opening.

This live-action/animated movie opens with a group of birds singing a cutesy, vaguely preachy song, only to cut through with an elbow to the ribs in the form of a chase scene. Peter Rabbit, the outlaw, and hero (voiced by James Corden), bursts through the scene and bumps the birds aside, permanently ending their musical number. Just as in the classic stories you get to see Peter Rabbit along with his sisters; Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail stealing veggies from Mr. McGregor’s garden and trying not to end up in one of his infamous rabbit pies.

Of course, there is also Bea; Peter and his families closest ally. She is mostly a surrogate mother to Peter and his siblings given the fact that their parents are no longer around. Bea ends up falling for Mr. McGregor’s great-nephew, Thomas McGregor who inherits his great uncle’s cottage and learns that there’s more to these rabbits than meets the eye.

What I Liked:

To me there where some valid points made in this movie. One is the need to forgive one another. I absolutely loved the fact that Peter and Thomas made amends because of both of their love for Bea.

What I Didn’t Like:

The only things I can say that I didn’t like was the need to introduce explosives into the movie and in the way they were used. I believe that for a kids movie that could have been avoided.

 

Images Courtesy of IMDB

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