PETER RABBIT: THE SCHOOL HOLIDAY MUST-SEEEntertainment
13 March 2018
Directed by Will Gluck
Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Sam Neill
If you’re looking to relive your innocent childhood memories of Peter Rabbit, his cousin Benjamin, and triplet sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, then read the book. The 2018 Sony Pictures adaptation of Peter Rabbit is a contemporary, exciting and fresh approach by this powerhouse production company, taking an existing much-loved story, but bringing it to life for audiences of today. It’s filled with under-the-radar humour intended to keep the parents entertained just as much – if not more than – the children.
The story picks up much where the book left us, with Peter (voiced by the hilarious James Cordon) and his gang on a never-ending mission to pillage the rake wielding, rabbit-despising Mr. McGregor’s vegetable patch.
The first of many rabbit chases and dangers ensue… And just when you think that the rabbits are doomed, we meet a heroine, Bea (Rose Byrne), Mr. McGregor’s sweet natured neighbor who whisks the rabbits away to safety.
Peter, however, isn’t satisfied and decides to re-enter the garden, at which point is captured by Mr. McGregor… And just when you think that Peter’s going to meet the same fate as his parents – who we were quickly informed at the beginning of the film ended up in a rabbit pie! – Mr. McGregor drops dead.
Thomas McGregor, Mr. McGregor’s uptight London nephew inherits the late Mr. McGregor’s manner and has nothing against the countryside” but he just thinks it’s “disgusting”.
Domhnall Gleeson is brilliantly cast as Thomas, whom has as much distain for the rabbits as his predecessor. However, Thomas has quite the fondness for Bea, and that the feeling is reciprocal, starting bitter inter-species feud between Thomas and Peter for the attention and affection of our heroine. It has an almost Tom and Jerry style feel to it, with each character constantly trying to outwit and injure the other – to the audience’s delight, of course.
Peter Rabbit is an enormously entertaining, feel-good movie with everything that you’d expect from a spectacular modern day adaptation of a classic – mildly inappropriate jokes, toilet humor, love, hate, death, and destruction. This film will bring so much joy to kids – and big kids! – plus is the perfect watch for an Easter time release.
See Peter Rabbit in cinemas on March 29.