Peter Rabbit was one of my son’s favorite books growing up. Every Easter season, I would pick it up to read, because he loved it so much. We would buy activity books related to the book and do other things to celebrate his love for the story!
The son was so enchanted by the illustrations from the book, that he seemed to have fantasized about being a designer for such books. Like he wanted to be someone like the many children’s book designers for hire and illustrate pictures in children’s storybooks.
When I heard that the Peter Rabbit movie was coming out, one of my concerns was: is that going to be faithful and bring the true beauty of the story to the screen?
Well, after watching the movie, not only I was pleasantly surprised, but I also felt I was immersed in a world of fantasy … it was like being inside the story with a fresh pair of eyes! The characters, the gardens, all the beauty of the pages unveiled in a perfect combination of animation and real life acting!
After a few minutes, you will forget that the bunnies are animated characters and will follow their journey through an adventurous, funny and beautiful path.
I am taking my family to watch it today, because I feel it’s a movie for all ages; one that every generation will enjoy!
Here are five things, among others, that I love about the movie:
Seamless blend of real life and animation
It makes the movie so perfect and takes you on a journey down their path to discover who they are, how to learn from mistakes and a deeper sense of how the bunnies feel about humans, nature and in particular, their side of the story in the Beatrix Potter’s tale, which was originally concentrated on the narrator’s point of view.
A movie for all ages
The successful combination of comedy, animation, life’s lessons makes this movie a classic, to be enjoyed by all generations!
Through the story, from the change of heart of Mr. McGregor with a modern spin, to the lessons learned by Peter and his family, Peter Rabbit Movie teaches children that we’re responsible for our actions and we should learn from our mistakes, taking action to correct them! I love that about the movie and how the message is clearly shared on a level that even little ones will understand.
I love that the movie also brings us back to the original story at times, even showing portions of the book with a special twist, making the whole experience magical and also inspiring children to check the book out, if they haven’t heard of it!
A little bit of love
Unlike the book, the movie adds a touch of romance and give Beatrix (Bia) a more active role, when directly interacting with the bunnies and falling in love! But I won’t spoil that part for you! You need to watch it!
I think it takes her from being a narrator to an active participant in the story, which for me, was a perfect addition! She looks exactly how I would picture her!
The movie offers a large amount of fun and large action scenes, which will keep you entertained and engaged in that magical world – from garden excursions to partying hard, battling against the enemies and finally a walk through London which I thought added a great touch to their on-going fast paced action.
The live action grabs interest of children who are used to and like more engaged stories. I believe that choice was crucial to making the movie more interesting and current than the original plot!
Peter Rabbit opens in theaters on Feb 9th! You can check it all out HERE.
You can also check out my cast and director interview HERE, for behind the scenes moments!
Hope you also check the trailer out:
I can’t wait to hear what you think, as usual, give us a trendy shout!
- Note: the pictures above are all copyrighted and used with permission by Sony Pictures.