Entertainment Hive 2019

Peter Rabbit

Review by Honey B

Director:  Will Gluck Cast: Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson Vocal Cast: James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley Plot: Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Verdict: This movie version of the classic Beatrix Potter tale has been given a thoroughly modern make-over. The computer animated/live action film is exciting with plenty of fun and games and cute characters, however it is missing a dose of charm. The kind of charm that Potter’s beautiful drawings and tales have. The most beautiful moment of the film actually comes when Peter is talking to a painting of his parents. That said, there’s no doubt that children and adults alike will still thrill to this updated version as young Mr McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) and Peter (James Corden) and his pals fight for their patch of dirt. There’s plenty of mischief afoot as Peter and the animals take over the late Farmer McGregor’s house (an unrecognisable Sam Neill, who dies thanks to eating too many pies). The fun quickly comes to a halt when the young McGregor takes some time out in the country away from his stressful role in Harrods Department store’s toy department. McGregor doesn’t want to live the country life until he meets his rabbit-loving, artistic neighbour Bea (Rose Byrne). The pair shares an instant attraction, much to Peter’s disgust. Thus the war over Bea and the garden begin in earnest as jealousy sparks in violent explosions and some well-placed rakes. Byrne and Gleeson have some nice chemistry going on and Gleeson unravels nicely in the presence of the mischievous rabbit. The menagerie of characters are well-voiced and are much-loved by the young film-goers particularly Peter, Benjamin Bunny (Colin Moody), Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Pigling (Ewen Leslie) and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (Sia). Plenty of colourful, frenetic fun for Easter, the school holidays and beyond. (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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