Cheeky bunny tale charms

Southern Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Peter Rab­bit (PG) Re­view: Ce­cilia Allen

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.

Fun-lov­ing and cheeky Peter Rab­bit pro­vides plenty of laughs.

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