Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – Budget of $45 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes
All the people and the animals gather on the McGregor farm to watch Thomas and Bea marry. While Peter dreams of causing a muck, he puts his feelings aside for their happiness. The animals have agreed that they can eat anything on the farm, but they can’t touch Tom’s tomatoes. This agreement allows harmony throughout the farm. But Thomas keeps a watchful eye on the rambunctious Peter. One day, Bea gets a letter from Nigel Basil-Jones, a publisher that wants to distribute her latest book. So, Bea and Thomas pack up the rabbits and meet with Nigel. He wants to turn Bea’s book into a worldwide phenomenon. He asks Bea if she has any ideas for more, and she tells him she has 23 more with over 100 characters. Nigel promises to keep the integrity of the book but wants a label for the rabbits. He labels Peter as the villain. Everyone but Bea and Peter agrees until Bea sees the billboard. She loves it and agree to change Peter’s look. Shocked, Peter walks away and finds Barnabas stealing peaches. Barnabas recognizes something in Peter, then recollects that he knew Peter’s father. Peter bonds with Barnabas instantly. The two go on a spree of chaos, and a pet store captures them. But this was all a part of Barnabas’s plan. Once a little girl buys them and takes them home, Barnabas and Peter rob the family. Barnabas’s crew waits for him and Peter to haul away the loot to their hideout. Barnabas starts to talk about his grand plan but stops when he hears Bea and Thomas calling for Peter. Back at the farm, Peter tells this family about Barnabas and his crew. Peter wants to go back and help him with the big score. Barnabas wants to rob the farmers market, not for fresh fruit but dried fruit. The dried fruit is lighter, has the same health benefits, and is untraceable. Peter is ready to take on the villain role and do bad things.
The sequel to Peter Rabbit and based on Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter makes fun of itself multiple times throughout the movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Anything you would call absurd, they do it before the scene plays out. This prediction allows children to love the action while not being taken too seriously by adults. It’s a great reminder that kid’s movies are for entertainment, not realism. This movie even takes a jab at America commercializing popular brands. But as they take all these jabs, Bea starts to sell out her vision for her dream. She wants to sell the Peter Rabbit books to conserve their farmland. However, Nigel doesn’t want a bunch of cute rabbits that drink tea. He wants Alvin and the Chipmunks. As you see the characters change in Bea’s drawings, it will strike a chord in your heartstrings. See this movie as a matinee with your kids for an easy laugh.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
It’s usually just take out containers and a bottle of champagne they are saving for a special occasion that will never come – Barnabas
I’m not a villain – Peter Rabbit
Name another book by Dickens – Thomas
Do one more push up – Bea
You’re not cut out to be a father – Nigel