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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.

Plot

Peter Rabbit's feud with the McGregor family reaches new heights as he and Tom McGregor compete for the affections of a kind animal lover who lives next door.

Bad Qualities

  1. The McGregors get tortured almost throughout the entire film by the animals.
    • Mr. 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, although Mr. McGregor was responsible for Peter Rabbit's father's death.
    • A gang of bunnies pelt Tom 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Peter goes from being a friendly guy to a psychopath who tries to get rid of someone he hates.
  4. Cheesy storyline and script writing.
  5. The story is not very faithful to the source material close to the point where it is practically an adaptation in-name-only.
  6. The scenes are rather pointless, filler and reused such as the animals having a wild party at Mr. McGregor's house after the latter's death.
  7. Many viewers felt that James Corden was jarringly miscast as the titular Peter Rabbit. While the other actors at least put in some effort, Corden's performance feels phoned in and insincere.
  8. The film abandons the timeless, "slice of life" feel of the books to cram in toilet humor and pop-culture references in an attempt to be hip and current to children.

Good Qualities

  1. Good casting choices of Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, Focus, I, Tonya), Rose Byrne ("Bridesmaids, "Neighbors"), and Daisy Ridley (the Star Wars sequel trilogy). And, the voice acting for the animals is decent.
  2. At least Peter Rabbit and the animals do feel sorry for what they did, and they try to put things right in the rest of the film, which turned out successful.
  3. Once in a while, there are some funny moments/jokes (like the rake scene).
  4. The 2D animation scenes in the film are 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.
  5. Great CGI, especially on the animals, in fact, they look like actual animals.
  6. The soundtrack is pretty good.
  7. The film has some loyalty to the source material.
  8. Some children might enjoy and like it.

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 62% based on 125 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Peter Rabbit updates Beatrix Potter's classic characters with colorfully agreeable results that should entertain younger viewers while admittedly risking the wrath of purists." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.

Box Office

As of May 6, 2018, Peter Rabbit has grossed $114.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $212.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $327.3 million, against a production budget of $50 million. In the UK, Peter Rabbit has become the biggest family film of 2018, overtaking Pixar's Coco.

In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Fifty Shades Freed and The 15:17 to Paris, and was projected to gross around $16 million from 3,725 theaters in its opening weekend, with some estimates as high as $25 million. It ended up making $25 million over the weekend, finishing second at the box office behind Fifty Shades ($38.8 million).

Trivia

  • Bea was named after Beatrix Potter, who created Peter Rabbit.
  • Sony apologized for the movie's "allergy bullying" scene.

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