MOVIE REVIEW: Peter Rabbit (2018)

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The titular character Peter Rabbit, voiced by James Corden, is one mischievous and rebellious fur. Along with his triplet siblings, Mopsy (voiced by Elizabeth Debicki), Flopsy (voiced by Margot Robbiel), and Cottontail (voiced by Daisy Ridley), he scavenges from his family’s former abode– now their human neighbor McGregor’s (Sam Neill). But when McGregor bites the dust, his nephew Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) moves and initiates to have the land for sale. During his stay, friction between him and Peter grows for their animal-affectionate (and rabbit-loving) neighbor Bea, who becomes one catalyst for Thomas to gradually be one who’s genial.

Peter Rabbit is characterized by honest crudeness. Ironically, it’s anything but of the same as its source material, Beatrix Potter’s children’s book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. Dispensing most of the sugar-coated confectionery of the material it’s derived from, the film is with much bravado by giving a different twist to the classic tale. A deviation from the run-of-the-mill animated family comedy films is evident, casually hopping away from one would expect it to be (especially with its thematical elements). And with its divergence from the usual, it then becomes capacitated to pack a stronger emotional punch that most other animated films are usually devoid of.

The film gives focus on perspectives of its characters that shows the complexity of the story is in a way that’s modest and easily digestible. Consequently, making it able to deliver its well-intended theme effectively. The film doesn’t pretend to be anything else other than what it aims to offer, abling it to do the best at it. Knowing what it is and what it wants to be, this adaptation tightly embraces even its prosaic qualities. It acknowledges and is self-aware that some of its ideas are all different, but that becomes much to the film’s own advancement. The risks that the film takes pay off, despite it conforming to the usual on numerous occasions, with some of its jokes that it tries to sell for disposable and cheap entertainment.

Not to mention, Peter Rabbit has its animation beautifully rendered, with realistic-looking CGI graphics that are nothing short of a visual spectacle. The film’s crew is one that’s passionate; James Corden owns his being Peter Rabbit, with his voice-acting that perfectly captures the emotions of his character. Rose Byrne portrays the gentle and pure Bea extremely well. Domnhall Gleeson is great with his over-the-top comedic timing. The humor, albeit its being crass and sometimes slapstick, is certain to elicit laughter and chuckles every once in a while. Peter Rabbit is funny and charming. It certainly is not one to miss, as it’s one of the rare family films that never forgets to be empathetic, in spite of all its crudeness.

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