Thursday, February 8, 2018

PETER RABBIT

Peter Rabbit 2018 poster
When Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) inherits his relative's farm, he must keep Peter Rabbit (the voice of James Corden) and the woodland creatures from destroying his vegetable garden. Complicating matters is his growing fondness for neighbor Bea (Rose Byrne), who happens to be an animal lover.

Endearing characters, fabulous CG effects, colorful storybook animation sequences and a foot-stomping soundtrack overcome a
threadbare plot. Looking to update the Beatrix Potter stories for the big screen, director/co-writer Will Gluck ("Easy A") and writer Rob Lieber have put a modern spin on the popular rabbit's adventures. There's very little to hold the attention of adults, but children will love the animal antics. This movie actually gets mean-spirited when Thomas and Peter become rivals for Bea's affection. Gluck tries to inject some needed humor here with the cartoon-style slapstick that made "Mouse Hunt" and "Home Alone" so hilarious. This attempt elicits more groans than laughs. Songs like "Steal My Sunshine" and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" make it easy on the ears and the cast is fine. Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne add a bit of spark as the humans. Among those ably lending their voices to the creatures are James Corden as Peter, Daisy Ridley as Cotton-Tail, Margot Robbie as Flopsy and Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy. Sam Neill can also be seen briefly as Old Mr. McGregor. Fortunately, the pluses overtake the minuses in this bunny tale. The kid-friendly "Peter Rabbit" merrily hops along. (3 CAMS)


Rated PG (some rude humor and action)
Running Time: 93 minutes