There's no meta humour in PETER RABBIT that will appeal to adults - no smart-arse wise-cracking pop-culture snark. This live-action animation combo is a very old-fashioned slapstick comedy with a warm heart, earnest and charming in equal measure.
The film opens with Beatrix Potter's iconic mischievous rabbits - Peter (James Corden), Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), Cotton Tail (Daisy Ridley) and Benjamin (Colin Moody) poaching scrumptious carrots from Mr McGregor's garden before escaping to his neighbour the lovely Bea's house. When McGregor senior dies, Peter thinks he's victorious and can move back into the house once occupied by his beloved parents. The only problem is that Mr McGregor's nephew (Domnhall Gleeson) moves in and falls for Bea (Rose Byrne). Of course, the OCD neat-freak McGregor Jr can't admit he hates the rabbits for fear of losing Bea, so the two sides engage in a covert slapstick war that's a bit like Home Alone with the rabbits as Macauley Culkin and McGregor as the trespasser.
The resulting film is predictable and hokey but nonetheless beautifully animated, heart-warming and genuinely fun.
PETER RABBIT has a running time of 95 minutes and is rated PG. The movie is available to rent and own.