Peter Rabbit (2018) – Adventure Brings to Life Iconic Characters

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Peter Rabbit (2018) – Adventure Brings to Life Iconic Characters

This feature, live-action film came and went in my theater in the blink of an eye. Still its popularity overseas seems to have earned it a sequel, already set to drop in 2020. (Why so long!?) Though I missed seeing these rascal rabbits on the big screen, I did snag a copy its release week on DVD. Let’s talk about Peter Rabbit and Co. 

Life is swell for Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden) and his band of cohorts aka his family. This includes his younger triplet sisters, Flopy, Mopsy and Cottontail (Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley), and their wiser cousin Benjamin (Colin Moody). Along with their many woodland friends, the rabbits are happy – and they have their free-spirited artist friend, Bea (Rose Bryne) to look after them. 
Everything is almost perfect were it not for their cranky neighbor Mr. McGregor (Sam Neill). Peter and McGregor have a long history of fighting over McGregor’s perfect garden. Fate then hands Peter the keys to McGregor’s land, and for a short while, Peter and his friends have free reign over the garden.

Little does Peter know that the McGregor farm has been deeded to the old man’s nephew, Thomas (Domhall Gleeson). Playtime is over and now, Peter again must fight for rights to the garden… and the affections of Bea.

It seems realistic and safe to say, 95% of the time, I go all in for the whole “adulting” thing. But on occasion, that inner child catches up with me, and the end result is something akin to watching Peter Rabbit on a Saturday night. From the moment I read about this one I knew chances of it being adorable were high. Then I saw the promotional material and trailers, and this “kid’s movie” shot to the top of my must see list. Life didn’t allow me to catch this one at the box office, but adult or not, this didn’t stop me from snagging a BluRay.

Cute doesn’t even begin to describe this little film. Its charms come alive as we follow our plucky hero Peter through this journey. Whether it’s his overconfidence (dude could use a lesson in humility, but this is his weakness) or his sister’s cute banter over who’s the oldest, the characters are lovable. I mean, really, who wouldn’t find them cute? Just saying. The vocal talent is superb and features an array of “it” actors in Hollywood. Let’s not forget the humans! Both are fantastic. Though I’ve seen her in very little, I enjoyed seeing Rose in something, and of course, it was lovely to see Gleeson in a role so vastly different than that of his turn in the romantic drama, Brooklyn.

This is precisely the sort of film that can turn a frown upside down. The animation is so good, and the rabbits are darling. Whether its their cute jackets and white fluffy tails or their “aww” way of apologizing, they’re some of the friendliest little rabbits you’re likely to meet – albeit they are little rascals with all those schemes!

If you’re looking for something guaranteed to make you smile, and you don’t mind that it’s a kid's film, Peter Rabbit is the ticket. It’s colorful, entertaining and has a pretty cute story to boot. In short, Peter Rabbit is everything I anticipated and then some.

(This post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I'll receive a small percentage of the sale. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can rent or own Peter Rabbit on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD / BluRay.

Content: the film is rated PG, and contains nothing offensive with exception to some possibly troubling themes for really young viewers (a character’s death, using electrocution as a means to get someone to leave, etc.)

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