My Mum actually got this film for me as a surprise the other weekend and I have watched it sporadically. I look after my Goddaughter a lot and I thought that this would be a great film to watch with her, however she is very much a ‘doing’ child in that she always has to be doing something. The first time we watched it we got about thirty minutes in before her Mum came to pick her up, and the second time, we got about fifty minutes in. I finally watched it all the way through on Monday night and loved every second of it. I love Beatrix Potter and grew up with her stories. I have actually visited the museum about three – five times over the years as I have relatives in Scotland and every time we visited we would pass the museum. It is an amazing place and I also have the DVD’s of ‘The Beatrix Potter Collection’ with all the individual stories. These stories have a very special place in my heart and I love that this film hasn’t tried to do anything too far away from the original stories, but still make it its own story so that it isn’t just another retelling or remake of the old stories.
To start with this film is fairly short at only about an hour and a half run time, which is excellent for the children as I don’ think that most children have a great attention span, especially if they are anything like I was when I was little! This film managed to keep my three year old Goddaughter amused and interested even though she is a doing child which is a huge testament to the film. Also she loved the music and singing and spent the majority of the time dancing along to it. Although I think that this film is definitely classed as a children’s film for obvious reasons, I truly think that it is just as enjoyable for adults as well. It is really great actually as I still class myself as a child in a lot of ways and an adult in so many others, that I can see both sides of the jokes. Also, thinking back on other films that I watched as a child and am now re-watching with my Goddaughter and her little brother (and just for my own enjoyment) I can now see so many jokes that I didn’t even notice or understand when I was four or five and now find hilarious that I am now twenty-one!
I love that although this film is called ‘Peter Rabbit’ it brings in all the characters from Beatrix Potter’s stories including: Mr Todd, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Tommy Brock and Pigling Bland. I was surprised however that ‘Old Mr. McGregor’ isn’t seen for every much of the film and is replaced with a different ‘villain’ quite quickly. In this story the original Mr. McGrgor dies of a heart-attack and is replaced with his Great Nephew Mr. Thomas McGregor who has the same views about wildlife as his Great Uncle.
To praise this film even more, I think that the CGI is amazing! The animals look sooo realistic that it was hard to remember that these actors must have been looking at nothing and actingwith inanimate objects and still having to pull off responsive performances. I also love that actors who played non-CGI characters also did voice overs for other characters and that the actors who did only voice over parts made the characters so real! This film think is really good because it makes me care about the characters, and to me, that is a good film!
The actors involved in this film are: James Corden (Peter Rabbit), Domhnall Gleeson (Mr. Jeremy Fisher/Mr. Thomas McGregor), Rose Byrne (Bea/Jemima Puddle-Duck), Margot Robbie (Flopsy/The Narrator), Elizabeth Debicki (Mospy), Daisy Ridley (Cotton-Tail), Sia (Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle), Colin Moody (Benjamin Bunny), Fayssal Bazzi (Mr. Tod), Ewen Leslie (Pigling Bland), Sam Neill (Old Mr. McGregor/Tommy Brock) and Christian Gazal (Felix D’eer). And they should all be incredibly proud of this film!
Finally, to end this post, this film is hilarious and has some brilliant one liners. I am so happy that my Mum bought it for me and I know that my Goaddughter, as she gets older, and her brother, when he is old enough to understand, will love and continue to love this film for years to come!
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