Peter Rabbit Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Based on the books by Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit (Corden;) his three sisters: Flopsy (Robbie,) Mopsy (Debicki) and Cotton Tail (Ridley) and their cousin Benjamin (Colin Moody) enjoy their days harassing Mr McGregor in his vegetable garden. Until one day he dies, and no one can stop them roaming across his house and lands for a full day or so. However, when one of Mr McGregor's relatives inherits the house and goes to check it out, he finds much more than he bargained for. What ensues, is a battle of wills between the new Mr McGregor and the rabbits. But when he starts to fall in love with Bea (Byrne,) a real lover of all nature, his feelings towards them begin to change

The Review
A good family film is exactly that; a film that works for the whole family. A story that can be enjoyed by all ages together. A film with layers that reach the different ages groups with varying levels of humour. Peter Rabbit is absolutely one of those cinematic experiences that has a little bit of something for everyone. I think part of that comes from the influence that director Will Gluck had on the script and delivery. Gluck’s experience comes from adult comedies like Easy A and Friends With Benefits and therefore he understands how to deliver a good joke to adults and has been able to adapt this skills to the kids as well.

It certainly helps to have such a brilliant cast involved both in the live action roles and those in voicing alone. While Domhall and Rose are brilliant in the flesh, it is James Corden who steals the show just like his character Peter. I kind of think that if I was to try to describe James Corden I would use phrases like “lovable rogue” or “cheeky monkey” and that is exactly what you would say of Peter Rabbit. This is not his first rodeo though. In fact, this was the first of three animated films in 2018 to star James Corden. The other two were Smallfoot and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. So, it is a busy year for him, considering he still hosts his own late-night talk show on American TV.

This central character of Peter, is this crazy little fuzzball who is hellbent on getting what he wants and dragging his friends and family in on the ride regardless of how dangerous it may be. Of course, with that sort of lead character you will have already worked out that this is a film about learning one’s lesson in life about what is really important and the thought that people/loved ones should come first not only in our words but our actions too.

Th story is backed up with some stunning animation and in similar vein to the Babe films, this is the best of both worlds, animation and live action. Since Babe was released the quality of animation has improved dramatically and hence the furry little bunnies are amazing and the close-up scenes of them in action and the movement of their fur is so beautifully animated to perfection. Many of the live action scenes were filmed in Australia. Luckily, the rabbits were not real, as they are an introduced pest in Australia (in the late 1800s, the country was overrun with rabbits) and live rabbits cannot be brought into the country (with very few exceptions). Kind of like New Zealand these days too.

The Verdict
So funny, extremely entertaining and the perfect film for all ages. Not just for the kids.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 29th March 2018
Rating: PG – Contains violence
Duration: 94 minutes 
Genre:  Family
Starring: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki
Director: Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits, Easy A, Fired Up!)

The Extras

This was Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson's third collaboration, following About Time (2013) and Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017).

Daisy Ridley and Domhnall Gleeson both appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

This was Sony Animation's first film of 2018. The next were Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation (2018) and Goosebumps: Slappy Halloween (2018) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).

"Bea" is based of Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter.

This is James Corden's sixth animated film after The Gruffalo (2009), Planet 51 (2009), The Gruffalo's Child (2011), Trolls (2016) and The Emoji Movie (2017).

This was Sia's third film doing voiceover work, after Charming (2018) and My Little Pony: The Movie (2017).

During the scene where Bea and Tom are playing with letter tiles, Bea makes the word "Potter," a reference to Beatrix Potter, the original author of the Peter Rabbit books.