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Peter Rabbit
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Format(s) Available
DIGITAL
D-BOX
Opening Date
01 Mar 2018
Rating
PG
Runtime
95 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Adventure, Animation, Family
Director
Will Gluck
Cast
Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson
Synopsis
The feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden.
Reviews
By Yun-Huei  01 Mar 2018
... there is probably no money to be made in a faithful adaption of the Potter classic – much as we do get a glimpse of how that may look in a wonderful scene in the movie, where her drawings come to life.
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Firstly, a public service announcement to Beatrix Potter fans out there: this screen adaptation of Peter Rabbit is not for you. Purists of the beloved author’s works would no doubt find this interpretation an affront, since the animals adopt a far more manic nature (especially Peter Rabbit himself) than what her books had entailed.

Secondly, there has been an outcry regarding a particular scene where the animals pelt a character with a food item he is allergic to, resulting in an anaphylactic condition that needed to be stemmed with an epipen. It does seem like a rather large oversight from the producers, especially given the fact that one of the key target audiences would be somewhat impressionable young children.

Now that we’ve gotten those two things out of the way, the movie itself is largely harmless fun, and there is surprisingly a lack of any real social or moral messaging embedded in the film, bucking the trend of most kids’ movies these days. It is also no surprise that Peter Rabbit and gang have been updated to be able to sing to the latest tunes (even rap!) and make pop culture references ever so often – it’s probably the only way to keep the younger demographic engaged these days.

James Corden is suitably energetic as Peter Rabbit, and the rest of the voice cast (some rather recognizable names, but not necessarily bearing recognizable voices) also do well, and augmented with the amazing photorealism of the animals, truly make the digital characters come to life. That they do so in the midst of some really lush, idyllic natural backdrops (filmed in England’s Lake District as well as Sydney) is a cherry on top. Surprisingly, both Domnhall Gleeson and Rose Byrne actually weather the movie pretty well despite being essentially live-action caricatures, certainly faring better than the live-action cast in similar movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Ultimately, Peter Rabbit is disposable entertainment, destined to be forgotten as soon as one leaves the theatre. This is in stark contrast to the book(s) that the film is based on, but given the low attention span of kids these days, there is probably no money to be made in a faithful adaption of the Potter classic – much as we do get a glimpse of how that may look in a wonderful scene in the movie, where her drawings come to life.
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