The continuation of the adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends is released today in theaters. In Peter Rabbit 2, the cute rodent created in 1902 by Beatrix Potter goes on an adventure in the city!
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• Once upon a time : Béa (Rose Byrne), Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) and the rabbits are now a blended family, but no matter how hard Peter tries, he doesn’t seem to be able to shake off the thug reputation that sticks to his skin (from rabbit).
Venturing out of the vegetable garden, Pierre discovers a world in which his petty crimes are appreciated, but when his family risks everything to seek him out, Pierre must choose what kind of rabbit he wants to be.
• What they will love:
Viewers who loved the first film, released in 2018, will love meeting the heroes in a new adventure full of twists and turns. In Peter Rabbit 2, Béa and Thomas get married and Béa releases her illustrated book dedicated to Peter and the rabbits.
The sweet country life continues to unfold as before except that Mr. Todd, the fox who always wanted to devour Peter, has become a vegetarian.
But when Bea leaves with Thomas and the rabbits for Gloucester to meet a publisher, things will change dramatically. Pierre then embarks on a great adventure which will amuse young and old.
During his journey, the young rabbit is accompanied by his animal friends and meets new colorful characters, all of whom appear in the 23 tales written by Beatrix Potter between 1902 and 1930. A way of presenting the many characters (109 in total!) created by the novelist.
Young spectators, familiar with the hero’s universe (thanks to the books or the animated series), will like to find the rich bestiary created by the novelist and discover the transposition on the screen of these often endearing and sometimes disturbing characters.
If the first film was more focused on Peter Rabbit and his relationship with Thomas McGregor, this second opus gives pride of place to other animals and allows you to better discover Pierre’s sisters: Flopsaut, Trotsaut and Queue-de-Coton. Characters to whom we owe the funniest scenes of the film!
The lines and the situations of the film will certainly appeal to children, but the director and screenwriter Will Gluck also thought of parents with many lines referring to American studios which “distort the work of Bea”. A mise en abyme that will amuse the older ones.
• What may worry them: Fairly quickly we understand that Nigel Basil-Jones (David Oyelowo), the new editor of Bea wants to pass Peter off as bad, and his friends do not realize that it makes him sad.
Instead of rebelling, the mischievous rabbit will join a gang of thieving animals led by Barnabé, a rabbit who knew Peter’s father. But Barnabas is not what he seems to be. This character and his colleagues (two cats and a rat) can frighten the youngest.
Their bad influence on Peter and his friends can worry children. But, as in the Beatrix Potter tales, these situations will teach us a lesson.
• What they will keep inside: Thanks to his misadventures, Pierre will understand that one should not trust just anyone and will grow up.
The message of the film is that you have to know how to trust yourself. What matters is being yourself in relation to how others see you.
Throughout the film, Pierre, Béa and Thomas will face this dilemma. Should we change to please others? Pretending to be someone that one is not or act against his will to please?
Everyone will evolve and learn from their mistakes. Pierre accumulates stupid things, but he wants to do well and perseveres.
Peter Rabbit 2 is a film rich in adventure that will brighten the day for children delighted to see their hero travel the world to find his friends.
Addressing the themes of friendship and family, the feature film also shows the evolution of the relationship between Thomas McGregor and Peter Rabbit. From enemies, they will succeed in overcoming their differences to become a real family.
Note: stay until the end, there are two small post-credits scenes.