Peter Rabbit is a 2018 3D live-action/CGI animated adventure comedy film directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Gluck and Rob Lieber, based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Beatrix Potter. The film features voice roles played by James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, and Elizabeth Debicki, and live-action roles played by Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Sam Neill.
The film was released on February 9, 2018 and has received mixed reviews from critics.
The animation was made by Animal Logic.
Peter Rabbit's feud with the McGregor family reaches new heights as he and Tom McGregor compete for the affections of a kind animal lover who lives next door.
- The McGregors get tortured almost throughout the entire film by the animals.
- Mr. McGregor suffers a heart attack and dies, which obviously isn't suitable for a family film. Adding insult to injury, the animals react to his death by trashing his house in a wild party, although Mr. McGregor was responsible for the death of Peter's parents.
- A gang of bunnies pelt Tom McGregor with blackberries until he has a near-fatal allergic reaction to them. This has led to many people boycotting the movie due to it being insensitive towards people with food allergies.
- Unfunny jokes, some of which are incredibly inappropriate for a family film or are just plain disturbing.
- Hitting the groin or smacking into a rake are boringly predictable.
- Peter goes from being a friendly guy to a psychopath who tries to get rid of someone he hates.
- Tiresome plot and convoluted storyline.
- Completely disrespects the original source material close to the point where it is practically an adaptation in-name-only.
- The scenes are rather unwatchable, filler and reused such as the animals having a wild party at Mr. McGregor's house after the latter's death.
- Incredibly unlikeable characters (eg. Peter Rabbit, Thomas Mcgregor).
- The film abandons the timeless, "slice of life" feel of the books to cram in toilet humor and pop-culture references in an attempt to be hip and current to children.
- The infamous Allergy Bullying scene offended people with a certain allergy.
- Wastes the talents of James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Bryne, and Sia who were involved in this film.
- Good casting choices of Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, Focus, I, Tonya), Rose Byrne ("Bridesmaids, "Neighbors"), and Daisy Ridley (the Star Wars sequel trilogy).
- The ending isn’t too bad. Plus, Peter Rabbit and the animals do feel sorry for what they did, and they try to put things right in the rest of the film, which turned out successful.
- Decent 2D animation.
- Great CGI. The animals themselves look realistic.
- Good voice acting for the rabbits.
- The soundtrack is mostly okay.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43% based on 133 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Despite its striking visuals, Peter Rabbit as a story feels unimaginative." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100 based on 26 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.
As of May 6, 2018, Peter Rabbit has grossed $114.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $212.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $327.3 million, against a production budget of $50 million. In the UK, Peter Rabbit has become the biggest family film of 2018, overtaking Pixar's Coco.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Fifty Shades Freed and The 15:17 to Paris and was projected to gross around $16 million from 3,725 theaters in its opening weekend, with some estimates as high as $25 million. It ended up making $25 million over the weekend, finishing second at the box office behind Fifty Shades ($38.8 million).
- Bea was named after Beatrix Potter, who created Peter Rabbit.
- Sony apologized for the movie's "allergy bullying" scene.
- This film will have a sequel titled Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway set to be released on April 3, 2020 with Will Gluck returning to direct and write the film.