Who doesn’t like movies that somehow manage to revert us back to a childhood version of themselves? Stories that remind you of the time when our parents used to take us to the theater to watch productions meant for kids, like ‘Toy Story’ or ‘Space Jam’. ‘Peter Rabbit’ is one such film, a wholesome family entertainer, that might not be memorable, but is fun while it lasts.
Directed by Will Gluck, ‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’ has the same ‘Dennis, The Menace’ like theme, where our furry little protagonist is usually up to no good. The sequel starts with an idyllic looking wedding set in the countryside. Bea (Rose Byrne), Peter’s human mom is getting married to Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson). All the little animals are dressed for the special occassion, Peter’s three sisters as flower-girls are adorable.
If you are a sucker for cute children movies, with silly simple jokes, Peter Rabbit 2 fits the bill perfectly. It helps that there’s an interesting plot at play – Bea lands a book-deal with a publisher in the big city for her illustrated book about the rabbit family. Meanwhile, Thomas continues to see Peter as a troublemaker. A misunderstanding between the two leads to our protagonist abandoning his family and exploring his ‘bad side’.
The animated is bright, engaging and draws inspiration from a lot of other children’s movies. The humor is very British, so it’s not very hilarious, but funny enough to keep kids giggling I suppose. Cynical adult viewers might get bored quickly, but for those looking for a wholesome family entertainer, especially when there are kids at home for the holidays – Peter Rabbit 2 makes for a good pick.
It’s a 7/10 from me. You can stream the film on Netflix.
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