Has it come to this? The desecration of a literary
classic? Or perhaps a much needed modern twist?
Beatrix Potter would surely be startled.
It’s actually… not terrible? If you can stomach James
Corden being, well, James Corden, and his version of
Peter having a supposed tearaway charm founded on
deception, theft, greed and a seemingly pathological
anti-human bloodlust. At the start of the film, Peter
tries to insert a carrot into the exposed gluteal
cleft of Mr McGregor (poor Sam Neill) while the
elderly gardener is tending to his vegetable patch.
A jape which ends with McGregor dying of a heart
attack. Domhnall Gleeson (giving it 110 percent) is
Farmer McGregor’s nephew and heir, who has been
working in Harrods but is continually passed over for
promotion. He hates the countryside but swoons at
the sight of Beatrix Potter or ‘Bea’ (Rose Byrne).
This makes Peter extremely jealous and sparks full-on
warfare, Peter Rabbit is deliberately abrasive and
uneven to the extreme. Its riotous approach won’t
appeal to anyone hoping to spend a few soothing
moments in the company of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and
Jemima Puddle-Duck, but its ballsy energy can be
rather enjoyable. An anti-Paddington, so to speak.
(research Jack Whiting) Come and see.