Movie Review – ‘Peter Rabbit’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I’ve seen a pretty good children’s film for Easter. That is of course, ‘Peter Rabbit’!

‘Peter Rabbit’ is based on the children’s books by Beatrix Potter. There was a Beatrix Potter film called ‘Miss Potter’ starring Renée Zellweger made in 2006. But there had never been a live-action film of ‘Peter Rabbit’. Until now that is. I didn’t expect to enjoy this film when I saw it at the cinema.

I did have the Beatrix Potter books of Peter Rabbit and his friends when I was a little kid. My memories of them however are vague and I can’t claim to tell you what the stories were about. But that shouldn’t worry you as the film is easy to get into and the story and characters are fun to watch.

The story of ‘Peter Rabbit’ takes place in the English countryside where Peter Rabbit, his cousin Benjamin and his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail attempt to steal vegetables from Mr. McGregor’s garden. One day, Mr. McGregor dies of a heart attack when Peter Rabbit is in his garden.

Peter Rabbit and his friends take over McGregor’s old house. But it isn’t long until McGregor’s nephew, Thomas, comes over from London to refurbish the house so that he can sell it. Can Peter Rabbit and his friends try to sneak back into McGregor’s garden whilst Thomas sets traps for them?

Most of the film has our animal characters brought to life by CGI. To be fair, the CGI for Peter Rabbit and his animal friends is decent enough and reasonably fits in the real world. There are some nice moments when we see 2D drawings of Peter Rabbit and his friends that feel very Beatrix Potter-like.

James Corden provides the voice of Peter Rabbit in this movie. For me, James Corden played Craig in the two ‘Doctor Who’ episodes, ‘The Lodger’ and ‘Closing Time’. It was nice to hear James’ voice as Peter Rabbit and he balances both the drama and comedy really well for the character in this movie.

The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson as Thomas McGregor. Domhnall Glesson? Hmm. Where have I heard that name? Oh wait! He played General Hux in the ‘Star Wars’ sequel movies. It was nice to see him in this movie. It was a change to see him play not a bad guy but not really a good guy either.

There’s also Rose Byrne as Bea, a local lady who spends her time painting pictures of the rabbits and the surrounding nature in the country. I like Rose Byrne’s character in this and she was also in ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. And Bea has to be based on Beatrix Potter, hasn’t she?!

Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne also voice two animal characters for the movie including Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddle-Duck respectively. There’s also Daisy Ridley (Rey from the ‘Star Wars’ sequel movies) as Cotton-Tail Rabbit, Margot Robbie as Flopsy Rabbit, Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy Rabbit and Colin Moody as Benjamin Bunny. The voice cast was a joy to hear during the film.

‘Peter Rabbit’ was a delight to see at the cinema. There were nice touches of comedy and drama featured throughout the film and the CGI animation for the animal characters is very good. I wouldn’t mind seeing this movie again at the cinema. It was pretty entertaining and pleasant indeed.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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