Monday, February 26, 2018

Peter Rabbit - The Nice Adaptation of Classic Children's Stories

Last Friday, this movie premiered in Indonesian theaters. As my wife and I were having our weekend staycation from that day, we had to schedule the watching of the movie to Sunday after check out. We went to see this in our favorite theater near our home at Setiabudi One. So let us get on with this movie.

Brief Story Line

Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden - The Emoji MovieTrolls etc) was a very naughty rabbit who loved to go to vegetable garden owned by Mr. McGregor (Sam Neill - The Piano, Jurassic Park etc) to "collect" carrot, tomato and so on. He always went there together with his cousin Benjamin (Colin Moody) and his triplet younger sisters Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Everest etc), Flopsy (Margot Robbie - FocusSuicide Squad etc) and Cottontail (Daisy Ridley - Murder on the Orient Express, Star Wars: The Force Awakens etc). Mr. McGregor was bothered by these naughty rabbits and tried to capture them. But they were always saved & protected by another nice neighbor named Bea (Rose Byrne - Damages TV series, Neighbors etc).

McGregor had a distant nephew named Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson - American Made, The Revenant etc) who worked in a toy store in London. As fate would have it, Thomas decided to go to the village and clean up McGregor's house. Peter Rabbit and everyone else who lived in the neighborhood were upset that a new guy was staying there and guard the vegetable garden heavily. While Bea who was happy with a new neighbor seemed to hit it off quite easily with Thomas, making Peter becoming even more upset and wanted to make sure that Thomas would leave the village.

So could Peter Rabbit make Thomas leave them alone? Or would Thomas win the "fight"? Find them all in this family friendly fun movie.

End of Brief Story Line

When my wife and I went to see the movie, it was purely to find out if the movie was as fun as the trailer suggested to be. And after we saw the whole movie, we felt just like that. The movie was very light, focusing on Peter Rabbit's naughtiness and his charming personality with his family and friends. The "villain" here was played quite brilliantly by Domhnall Gleeson who was able to express his bad side, as well as his good side (though I could not recognize him without his beard). And James Corden was really good in voicing Peter Rabbit that we could imagine if Peter had a voice, it would be like that.

Apart from those two, I think the other stood out performers were the triplets who were very cute and their sisterly "feud" was fun to see. The other supporting friends who were also funny were the Pig and the Hedgehog, plus the rather "annoying" birds who loved to sing. Basically the characters here were fun to see and added color to the story. I am sure that younger audience would be able to enjoy them in the movie. When we saw this yesterday, the theater was half full and lots of them were family with children. The movie was categorized for all ages in here but my wife thought that some of the funny scenes for us might not be suitable for very young children who probably could not understand them yet. 

This movie was adapted from various children's books written by Beatrix Potter in the early 1900s (so the stories were written a long time ago). It is quite amazing that these stories and characters are still quite popular till now. Though I have to admit that I was not familiar with the characters, I might have seen them somewhere in major book stores. But my wife was definitely more familiar with Peter Rabbit and both of us had good laughs while watching it. The whole audience including the parents were able to enjoy the movie as it was quite entertaining, especially the major "feud" between Peter Rabbit and Thomas. There was also brief touching moment towards the end where my wife was a little bit affected. I also know that she really enjoyed the movie and loved those cute & adorable rabbits.

As a family friendly movie, I think this one would be a nice distraction for us to enjoy, apart from the more mature other movies playing in theaters this time around. Its special effects (animations) were very good and lifelike and the sound effects were pretty decent, with some nice background music. The movie had some mid end credit scene that should not be missed. It is currently still playing in all Indonesian major cinema chains and therefore it would still be easy to find where to see the movie. I think it would still be playing at least till next weekend, so if you want to see this with your whole family, you can still do so by then. But if you are not a fan of such genre, it may not be enjoyable or you would even feel it is too childish for a movie. The choice is yours.

Mike's movie moments rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

No comments:

Post a Comment