Most of the characters in the film are animated. The rabbits, pig, birds, and other farm animals are all animated; Thomas McGregor and Bea (Rose Byrne), the main humans in this story are not. Bea is McGregor’s neighbor, who lives on the other side of his garden. Bea is a friend to the animals and most definitely a love interest to the new, younger McGregor. The voice cast consists of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Sia, Sam Neill, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley, and Ewen Leslie.
Peter Rabbit is much like Paddington in the sense that the kids in my audience were just as entertained as I was, almost like they were seeing a completely different film. With the exception of the terrible Annie, Director Gluck really knows how to entertain an audience with his Easy A and Fired Up!. The script is fun and funny with James Corden’s signature comedy being added to take full benefit of his talent. The good thing is they didn’t set the film during Easter so the film can be watched at any time of the year when you’re looking for something funny and sweet.
Swanner: 3 stars
Director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Steven Rogers give us a very dark and damaged story but told as a black comedy. Tonya’s mother is a horrible person, but we can’t wait for the next time she verbally abuses Tonya; and when Jeff starts abusing Tonya physically, we look forward to how she’ll take revenge on her abuser. We shouldn’t be laughing, but Tonya’s white trash life is what great comedy is made of. The film does have big dramatic moments, but for those of us that remember the incident and what followed, it’s hard to feel bad for anyone, except for maybe Nancy Kerrigan.
All the performances are 10’s from the judges, but watch for Robbie and Janney to go to the big show (The Oscars). You can also expect Rogers to get an Oscar nod for his dark and hilarious script. The timing of the release, with the Winter Olympics right around the corner, you should expect this film to go big. I did like the fact that the film isn’t trying to make Tonya the victim of this story. They show you that Tonya made a lot of bad choices in her life, and surrounded herself with terrible people. The best way to watch the film is to get some Eskimo Pies, Dove Bars if you can afford them, some cheap beer and enjoy.
Swanner: 3 1/2 stars