A Hopping Adventure
By Nirupa Mohan Dore
Ceylon Today Features
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, the sequel to 2018’s popular film Peter Rabbit, based on Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, released recently, with the tagline ‘The garden was just the beginning.’ The fun, family comedy brings back the ensemble cast, as they set off on a new adventure, while Peter becomes the centre of mischief.
The 93-minute film by director Will Gluck, who produced the film together with Zareh Nalbandian, was made in collaboration with production companies Columbia Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, MRC, 2.0 Entertainment, Olive Bridge Entertainment and Animal Logic. The release managed to rake in over 10.2 million, backed by moderate to positive ratings, with 59 per cent featured on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.5/10 on IMDb.
James Corden returns as the voice behind the title character Peter Rabbit, Elizabeth Debicki as the voice of Mopsy Rabbit, and Margot Robbie as the voice of Flopsy Rabbit, while Aimee Horne joined the voice cast as the voice behind Cotton-Tail Rabbit (previously voiced by Daisy Ridley). The live-action actors in the cast were Rose Byrne, who reprised her role as Bea McGregor, and Domhnall Gleeson as Thomas McGregor, while David Oyelowo joined the cast as Nigel Basil-Jones.
The much-awaited film brings back the cute characters, as they live with their growing family, which after the last film, includes Thomas, with Bea and the rabbits. Now Bea’s drawings become popular receiving illustrated storybook deals, which creates opportunities for the characters to be expanded, but this may or may not be seen as a good thing.
Peter this time is portrayed as someone who is seen as consistently up to mischief, despite how hard he tries to stay out of trouble. The core plot unfolds when things take a turn, when Peter falls in with the wrong crowd, and that’s when things go from bad to worse. This is a fun new adventure film that sees the cast work through issues as a family, as they embark on new adventures and meet new people, while Peter figures out what type of rabbit he wants to be, a troublemaker or a good role model to his family.
The film is easily entertaining and maintains fast to moderate pacing, without slowing down or having any dull moments. Supported by a creative script, the dialogue maintains a calm and cleaver sense of humour, while it stays focused on the core plot, making it a film that can be enjoyed by the entire family, with both the young and the old having characteristics in the film that they can relate to, or find to be easily funny.
There are instances in the film that follow Peter’s mood at different times with catchy songs that blend in with the story, with popular lyrics that make sense in the moment, to connect viewers even more with Peter and how he is feeling.
It is important to keep in mind that the story is by the creator of the Peter Rabbit character Beatrix Potter, and that the personality and momentum that viewers expect is maintained, while Patrick Burleigh also joined in to create the new story.
This is a film that fans of Peter Rabbit will appreciate, for its fun and over the top sense of adventure, backed by family drama, that delivers laughs within its easy-to-follow storyline. This is an entertaining film that is worth watching on the weekend with the entire family.