A mixture of CGI animation and live action, Peter Rabbit is a modernized version of the Peter Rabbit storybooks. This Peter Rabbit is a cheeky, devil-may-care bunny who takes the lead when it comes to getting food for his burrow, which includes his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, and cousin Benjamin.
Although their ancestors have lived there for years, a man named McGregor at some point took over a portion of the land, so the rabbits consider his garden to be theirs. Understandably, he’s not enthusiastic about these intruders and endeavors to keep them away from his fresh vegetables and fruit.
However, his next door neighbor, the sweet and beautiful Bea, loves the bunnies and even draws beautiful illustrations of them. Her character is clearly based on Beatrix Potter, who wrote the Peter Rabbit storybooks, as Potter’s illustrations feature prominently in the movie, nicely tying in the books for fans, both young and old, of Peter’s adventures.
The advance screening was chock full of children, but there was not a peep from them throughout the entire movie. However, the movie wasn’t aimed only at children — the adults were kept well-entertained as well, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.
Domhnall Gleeson, who stars as Tom, goes through the greatest transition — from a man who is a stickler for order and who is at first enraged by the commotion the rabbits and other animals cause. He goes from being somewhat unlikeable to earning a great deal of sympathy from the audience.
Even if you don’t have children, this charming movie is well worth a trip to the theater.
5 out of 5 stars.