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Peter Rabbit

Director:  Will Gluck
Year Released:  2018
Rating:  2.0

The plucky title critter (voiced by James Corden) and his family love ransacking the garden of Old McGregor (Sam Neill), but once McGregor passes away his grandnephew Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) inherits the place ... and in between wooing his pretty neighbor (Rose Byrne), he tries to rid the place of the bunnies. It's not bad for being strictly kids-only entertainment: the mixture of CGI and live action is solid, and Byrne and Gleeson have some pleasant banter with one another, but the whole idea of rabbits beating up Gleeson for an extended period of time gets a little tiresome (before they inevitably makeup and all is fine in the countryside). I'm most likely reading too much into this, but it's actually about Capitalism and Communism, right? Peter and Company feel they have a right to the veggies in the garden (no walls! no borders!) while the McGregors believe in private property (and making money - Thomas wants to start a toy store to compete with former employer Harrods) - it's strange how, as an adult, I side more (with regard to this particular movie) with the land owners than the freeloaders (go someplace else to eat!). Or maybe I've had a little too much carrot juice for the evening....

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