I’m a kid at heart, but you definitely do not need to be a child to find the humor in this one!
Peter Rabbit takes an old tale and puts a modern twist on it, dropping it right in 21st century England. Dressed in paper bunny ears in a theater full of children, I’m not going to lie, I felt a bit out of place…until I heard the soundtrack. Throughout the movie I felt as if I was reliving my childhood, in the 90s and 00s! Throwbacks like Steal My Sunshine by Len and Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band and even songs of today like Feel It Still by Portugal The Man. The soundtrack made the movie for me.
Aside from the music curated for the moms and dads watching, James Corden was the BEST choice to voice Peter Rabbit himself. From his humor to his personality, he really made the rebellious rabbit shine throughout the film. If anyone can portray a twerking bunny, it’s him.
The story goes, Peter Rabbit (James Corden) is th leader of all the bunnies, his cousin Benjamin (Colin Moody), and his three sisters Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki) and Cotton-Tail (Daisy Ridley). After Mr. McGregor dies, the animals of the English countryside take over not only his vegetable patch, but the dead man’s entire house. That is until his city-boy nephew takes over the property to get it ready to sell. Young Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) does everything he can to keep the bunnies out of the garden, while trying to build a relationship with his new bunny-loving neighbor Bea (Rose Byrne). Peter and Thomas are in constant battle, plotting against each other until they both lose the one who means the most to them.
Between the twerking rabbits and “cool” vocabulary, this movie is packed with attitude and is definitely not JUST for kids.
Report Card: B