Peter Rabbit is a 2018 3D live-action/CGI animated adventure comedy film directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Gluck and Rob Lieber, based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Beatrix Potter. The film features voice roles played by James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie and Elizabeth Debicki, and live action roles played by Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Sam Neill.
The film was released on February 9, 2018 and has received mixed reviews from critics.
Peter Rabbit's feud with the McGregor family reaches new heights as he and Thomas McGregor compete for the affections of a kind animal lover who lives next door.
- Mr. McGregor (Sam Neill) gets tortured in the entire film by the animals, all without feeling a bit of sorrow out of it. For example:
- McGregor suffers a heart attack and dies, which obviously isn't suitable for a family film. Adding insult to injury, the animals react to his death by trashing his house in a wild party.
- A gang of bunnies pelt McGregor with blackberries until he has a near-fatal allergic reaction to them. This has led to many people boycotting the movie due to it being insensitive towards people with food allergies.
- Unfunny jokes, some of which are incredibly inappropriate for a family film or are just plain disturbing.
- Hitting the groin or smacking into a rake over again is boringly predictable and more on the person than the animals.
- There's a scene where Peter twerks.
- Peter goes from being a friendly guy to a psychopath who tries to rid out someone he hates.
- The plot is clichéd.
- It lacks loyalty to the source material.
- Good casting choices of Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, Focus, “I, Tonya”) and Daisy Ridley (the Star Wars sequel trilogy)
- Once in a while, there are some funny moments.
- The 2D animation scene that shows Peter Rabbit's past is entirely animated in Beatrix Potter's distinctive style. Bea's paintings of Peter Rabbit and his family are also done in Beatrix Potter's style.
- Good CGI, especially on the animals.
- The soundtrack is decent.
- The voice acting for the animals is decent.
A critic from the Metro newspaper said at the end of his review of the film: "Listen carefully, and you can just about hear the sound of Beatrix Potter turning furiously in her grave."
- Bea was named after Beatrix Potter, who created Peter Rabbit.
- Sony apologized for the movie's allergy scene.