I’d like to start by saying I’m a lover of animated movies. They’re huge escapist entertainment and can change my mood in an instant.
The first Peter Rabbit film was innocuous, funny fare that brought a smile to my face. Nothing more and nothing less, but it served its purpose.
But with Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, this sequel coasts on the goodwill from the first without offering too much that’s new and fresh to the table.
With Thomas and Bea married, Peter Rabbit and his CGI friends live with the couple. But when Peter leaves the garden for the city, he meets characters who don’t have his best interest at heart.
It’s been done 1,000 times, and though writer-director Will Gluck keeps a playful tone, I think much better could be done with Beatrix Potter’s source material.
Rose Byrne, Domnhall Gleeson and David Oyelowo are all lovely as the human cast, and James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Lennie James, Sia, and Sam Neill round out an impressive voice cast.
It’s sad, then, that this incredible cast is somewhat meandering in this affair, even if it’s cute and well intentioned.