Peter Rabbit: A Movie Review

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Peter Rabbit: A Movie Review


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On February 9th, 2018 the movie Peter Rabbit premiered in theatres all around the world. With already $72 million in the box office, the movie features James Corden, Rose Byrn, and Domnhall Gleeson as well as Corden’s token sense of humor, as he voices the main character. One can assume Corden had an influence on the script, as the humor is very evolved for a children’s movie, many of the jokes likely to fly over young children’s heads and instead appeal to slightly older audiences (i.e. a joke referencing “character flaws” or “putting salad dressing on the side” in order to lose weight).

Depending on the viewer’s age, this can turn out to be either very pleasing or very confusing. The actors chosen did a fairly well job, however there were no overly-emotional scenes or dramatic monologues that would prove a very difficult challenge. Meanwhile, the voice actors conveyed emotion effectively as well. In all honesty, there were very cheesy parts of the movie that seemed forced in for humorous effect–such as many animal mishaps–that took away from the somewhat sophistication that the film otherwise achieves. The film brings Beatrix Potter’s story to life using high-quality animation as well as paintings very similar to depictions of Peter and his family from the original book, allowing children to experience the magic of the movie as well as the charm of Potter’s illustrations. However, the plot of the film itself tends to stray from the original tales. In other words, accuracy is not this film’s forté. The plot used explores the concept of becoming a better person, as both McGregor and Peter undergo positive character changes, with Peter reflecting on this throughout the film. This is a rather interesting approach, as complex messages are not usually found in children’s movies due to young viewers’ inability to register them. This is why one can say that Peter Rabbit transcends the boundaries of a children’s movie, tailoring itself to a broad variety of audiences. Through humor to themes to beautiful graphics, Peter Rabbit succeeds in providing an entertaining and engaging cinematic experience for all ages.

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