The gang are here to usher us back into movie normality — Peter Rabbit 2 is released in the UK on CINEMA RE-OPENING DAY, 17 May.
I love rabbits. As children, my sisters kept them as pets and my mother fed them to us (not the same rabbits, even though this was the 1970s and parents did things differently then).
And I quite enjoyed the first film – it was fine if not amazing. This sequel looks slightly better than fine, as if it’s settled into its stride, with the trailer filled with the kinds of jokes children will love.
Bea, played by Rose Byrne (“that’s Emma Watson” my pre-teen movie expert said confidently to me) and Thomas McGregor (Domnhall Gleeson), great-nephew of Peter Rabbit’s nemesis, old Mr McGregor, are a couple now, but Peter is still pushing everyone to their limits with his antics.
Here’s the synopsis:
In PETER RABBIT™ 2, the lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated. But when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.
Once again it’s very attractively shot in a mix of live action and CGI. (Like its predecessor, Peter Rabbit 2 was filmed mostly in Australia – the first film presented us with some rather odd hybrid Aussie-Cumbrian accents.)
I can’t fault the cast. I know people like to hate on James Corden, but I find him perfectly fine when he’s well-cast, that is essentially playing himself (let’s remind ourselves that Peter is a daft and bumptious yet essentially well-meaning furball).
Returning with Byrne, Gleeson and Corden are Margot Robbie as Flopsy, and Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy, with Aimee Horne replacing Daisy Ridley as Cottontail.
David Oyelowo also stars as Nigel Basil-Jones, Damon Herriman as Tom Kitten and Colin Moody as Benjamin Bunny. Like its predecessor, this is directed by Will Gluck.