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The story may stray from Beatrix Potter’s original tale but Peter Rabbit offers enough fun and laughter for the whole family to enjoy in this modern version.
Mischievous but kind-hearted Peter (James Corden) lives in a British village alongside siblings Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki) and Cotton-Tail (Daisy Ridley) and cousin Benjamin Bunny (Colin Moody).
The rascally rabbits spend their day tormenting and raiding the garden of animal-hating Mr McGregor (Sam Neill).
When Mr McGregor suddenly dies, his house is inherited by his great-nephew, Thomas (Domnhall Gleeson), who aims to fix up the home and sell it.
What begins as a fight for territory between Thomas and the rabbits escalates as they vie for the affection of kind rabbit-loving neighbour Bea (Rose Byrne), with each scene increasing in frenzy and hysteria.
The film is an excellent example of computer-animated/ live action done well.
The physical comedy between Gleeson and Peter is brilliantly calibrated. The film bursts with colour and photo-realistic animation by Animal Logic, an Australian animation and visual effects studio.
Director Will Gluck throws in some contemporary pop songs and modern and adult humour but also uses the original style of artwork featured in Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
The narrative is kept simple but there is moral to the tale, and a lesson or two is learnt.
Peter Rabbit is a delightful film, sure to please all ages.
James Corden stars as the titular Peter Rabbit.