By Andrea Cerna
“Peter Rabbit” is widely known to be a classic children book series by Beatrix Potter.
In the movie adaptation, this is not the same personality we remember Peter Rabbit having.
Typically a children’s movie would open up with the musical key note that sets the mood for the film. The audience think it’s going to be another generic kid’s musical with singing animated birds, but it’s not.
The tone of the film is set when the trope is subverted by birds getting picked out of the sky with settling.
This then had the audience in anticipation with where will the sequence of events lead up to.
Director Will Gluck brings the fluffy classic children’s book rabbit character alive with a witty sense of humor where he is found to have a daily battle with the next door neighbor, Mr. McGregor.
Upon passing away, his great-nephew, Thomas McGregor, inherits the land.
Alongside, his three sisters are voiced by an all-star cast, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley, and the clumsy cousin, Benjamin Bunny by Colin Moody.
Each rabbit persona had a heavy British accent from the country and all voice actors were able to live up to that expectation.
Character development occurred to everyone except for one of the main live action roles.
Bea, played by Rose Byrne, was rather used as a plot device which was a let-down as well as some plot holes in between passing scenes.
The music was popular mainstream songs such as “A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend. An official sound track has not been released nor confirmed for this movie.
Throughout the film, the audience is left to expect the expected. However, in this case, director Gluck tampers with the element of surprise, making plot twist to certain scenes where it is least expected to avoid being generic.
Cinematography was tooled around in the scene where Thomas was using explosives as an alternative to exterminate the pesky rabbits.
Seen from above, everything by the least is expected to be normal, a man simply tossing some explosives into his garden.
However, in the ground’s perspective the mood is set as if the audience were to be watching a war movie. Bombs setting off left and right are to be felt through the loud bass from the impact of the “bomb shell.”
A total of 50 million US dollars was invested in this movie.
If the movie were to be summarized in a nutshell, cartoon mischief would be it, not the greatest film but tolerable to watch.
To reiterate, “Peter Rabbit”, indeed was a film that went its own way to display quirky sense of humor and comic malevolence, though it could had been better.
“Peter Rabbit” has a rating of PG for some rude humor and action.