I was captivated by the Peter Rabbit trailer when it came out months ago which is why he film made it onto my list of most anticipated movies of 2018 list (Click here to read that post). With Easter being just a fortnight ago I went to see Peter Rabbit and it was the perfect Easter bunny fix. The film which is a mix between real action and CGI follows adorable Rabbit Peter (Voiced by James Corden) and his family as they war with humans for the rights to a vegetable patch. What I found so amazing about this film was how lifelike and adorable the rabbits are, I honestly felt that they were real at times.
Peter is a charmingly reckless little bunny that takes on the responsibility of providing for his three sisters and cousin: Cottontail Rabbit (Voiced by Daisy Ridley), Flopsy Rabbit (Voiced by Margot Robbie), Mopsy Rabbit (Voiced by Elizabeth Debicki) and Benjamin Bunny (Voiced by Colin Moody) after the death of his parents. Their family dynamic is interesting and each character is well formed and has depth. The film opens on the family of rabbits as they steal food from Mr. McGregor's (Sam Neill) garden in a well rehearsed operation. After Mr. McGregor's exit from the film, Peter claims ownership of the house and its vegetable patch, throwing a party that would fit in any teen movie. Their excitement is quickly ruined when the new owner of the house Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) arrives.
The relationship between Rabbit and human is the driving force of this narrative. Both McGregor's treat the Rabbits as if they are a pest. Whereas the lovable Bea (Rose Byrne) respects the Rabbits and values their personalities and the Rabbits in turn adore her. I have never seen such a cute Rabbit/Human relationship on screen before. Mr. McGregor however filled me with rage, in one sequence we are shown how he cooked Peters father into a pie and ate him. I find it hard to watch humans being cruel to animals even if it is just in a child's movie. But the film focuses on the progression of Thomas, he hates the rabbits to begin with but through his relationship with Bea and Peter he understands that he should live in harmony with nature and its creatures.
If you are looking for a film that will make you laugh then Peter Rabbit is the film for you, it is simply laugh out loud hilarious. The film is full of jokes and moments that will make both adults and children laugh. It like many animated films is full of subtle jokes that only adults will understand making the film enjoyable for all ages: the film was so funny that I spent most of the film in hysterics. From jokes such as singing birds that are constantly being hit out of the sky, an electrified door handle to funny secondary characters such as the pig and the fox this film has everything.
Overall, I think that Peter Rabbit is certainly worth a watch. The relationships between the characters in this film are captivating and endearing. Moreover everyone should see how realistic these bunnies look, I am still amazed if I am honest. If you want a laugh then Peter Rabbit is for you.
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