A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published February 15th 2018
A childhood tale with a modern twist
Seeing the Peter Rabbit movie the other afternoon was a trip down memory lane, but with a modern flavour. Director Will Gluck has turned Beatrix Potter's storybook of the same name into a 3D animated film, with entertaining scenes from start to finish, memorable characters, and a humorous and heartwarming storyline for all ages.
Potter's storybook, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, follows the adventures of this cute but cheeky hero as he gamely breaks into the garden of a neighbouring farm to steal vegetables - all while wearing his famous blue jacket, and in spite of the warning given by his mother that this was the site of a great accident where his father was turned into "pie".
My friend and I attended an advanced screening of the 2018 movie, in the George Street Event Cinema. Settled in with popcorn, we watched the story unfold, drawing on these nostalgic elements from the book; Peter and his bold endeavours, characters like his three better-behaved siblings, and farmer McGregor who tries to capture our furry little friend.
It was pleasing to see this tale entwined with our modern-world. Upbeat songs that many could singalong to are featured. New characters are introduced like Bea, an artist in the country who shares a maternal bond with the rabbits, and Thomas, McGregor's nephew who's desperate for a promotion in London. The latter winds up in the McGregor estate and as Peter's new neighbour and rival. Not only for the garden, but for Bea...
See how this all unfolds for yourself! Children will enjoy the colourful visuals and slapstick comedy that portray this story, while adults will enjoy contemporary references like that of a popular salad dressing, and to some topical psychology, such as repressed emotions. We liked how the film has something for all ages.
Another aspect I really enjoyed is how storybook style animation cleverly features alongside the 3D CGI animation, through Bea's bea-utiful paintings. On this note, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this leading female (Rose Byrne) is in fact a native Sydneysider! We liked how the live-action filmed cast also blended in well with the animation.
Peter Rabbit (2018) - Sony Pictures Entertainment
The preview of Peter Rabbit was full of great energy, with applause across the cinema by the end telling me that viewers had a good time through this production. The movie comes out in Sydney on the 22nd of March 2018, so be sure to take the opportunity then to see this storybook remake on the big screen.