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If you can get past the first 20 seconds of singing birds and take off your purest Beatrix Potter sunglasses this is a delightful well written film. And any film that shows Sam Neill’s gardener’s tradie crack (even just for a split second) deserves a watch!
The story line of this Peter Rabbit adaptation is clean; the live-action actors, particularly Rose Byrne, bring their onscreen-appeal A game; and the computer-generated animals are charming.
Peter Rabbit is fun and easy to like. Yes, it’s targeted at children but there’s a surprising amount of humour on offer for the adult crowd.
After Mr. McGregor inherits his uncle’s smalltown home and vegetable garden, his aggressive nature starts an escalating feud with bunny Peter over both the vegetable treasure in McGregor’s forbidden garden and their rivalry for the affections of the warm‐hearted animal lover who lives next door.
While kids will definitely enjoy the CGI creatures and the carnage and wisecracks they wreak, the real stars of the movie are the main trio of human actors. Domhnall Gleeson mixes comedic charm with the sensitivity he showed in Goodbye Christopher Robin, while Rose Byrne is a bunny-loving delight. However, the true scene-stealer (even if he is only in a couple), is our own Sam Neill, whose initial battles with Peter set the anarchic tone and whose montage of “78 years of terrible lifestyle choices” will live long in the memory of all those who see it.
UK 2018, 95 min, rated PG (violence)
Directed by Will Gluck
Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and the voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley & Colin Moody