Peter Rabbit is back and is now available worldwide on movie screens.
The story of Peter Rabbit originates from a children’s book written by Beatrix Potter called The Tale of Peter Rabbit, published in 1902. The new adaptation, simply called Peter Rabbit, is directed by Will Gluck. Gluck is an award-winning director and producer who has held roles in the production of feature films such as Easy A, Friends with Benefits, and Annie. Because Gluck is known for creating box office hits, expectations for Peter Rabbit have been high.
Peter Rabbit exceeded expectations at the box office and finished second over the weekend behind Fifty Shades Freed. The film received mostly mixed reviews, but the average consensus from Rotten Tomatoes read, “Peter Rabbit updates Beatrix Potter’s classic characters with colorfully agreeable results that should entertain younger viewers while admittedly risking the wrath of purists.”
The CGI used in the movie worked to bring a new and special added flavor to the world of Peter Rabbit. James Corden, English actor and comedian, proved to be the perfect fit to voice Peter Rabbit. Other notable stars that helped with the voice acting include singer Sia and award-winning Australian actresses Margot Robbie and Rose Byrne.
Upon the first trailer releases, the film was not received well by movie critics. An entertainment website, Collider, slammed the film following the trailer release calling it “garbage” and a “low brow comedy cringe fest.”
Stuart Heritage, a writer from British daily newspaper The Guardian, criticized the looks of the film. Heritage said, “The Peter Rabbit film looks like the result of some blisteringly inept manhandling. There’s something genuinely harrowing about the sight of Peter Rabbit – gentle, Edwardian Peter Rabbit – thoughtlessly injuring some birds, or grabbing a pile of lettuce leaves and making it rain like a banker in a strip club, or literally twerking” and argued “there is no way on Earth that [Beatrix Potter would] have ever given the green light to a slow motion car crash like this.”
James Baldock, a writer from Metro, forecasted the movie to be a box office bust. Baldock said, “If the movie lives up to its two-minute preview, it is set to be the greatest abomination to grace the big screen since The Emoji Movie.”
The Emoji Movie received a 2.7 on Rotten Tomatoes, so Sony wanted to avoid a repeat with their latest film Peter Rabbit.
Sure enough, they did. They created a world that the youth of this generation can enjoy, and people of the later generations can admire with nostalgic eyes.