Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) movie review
A sequel to the 2018 film based on the characters from the Peter Rabbit stories by Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit 2 follows Peter as, after Bea marries Thomas, he ends up running away from home and joining up with a city rabbit. The obligatory sequel opened in fourth place this weekend to slightly lower reviews than the first film, and a significantly lower box office haul than its 2018 predecessor.
Look I didn’t hate the first film. It is definitely a deviation from the stories that they are “based on,” but watching Domhnall Gleeson fight a CGI Rabbit was certainly a fun way to kill ninety minutes! But nothing could have prepared me for how dead inside this movie would make me feel. Look if you liked the first film for- any of the reasons that it is likable, this movie has NONE of that charm or humor! And if you didn’t like the first one, well no harm done. Either way, if your kids want to go see a movie, take them to see Spirit Untamed (2021). Or anything else.
First thing that I hated: Almost all of the characters are just the same as the first film. Peter Rabbit has to go through another ‘learning how his selfish actions impact others’ story, while the ret of the supporting cast of animals remains as annoying as the first film, but- more. Oh you thought the fox was funny? What about him learning how to exhaust energy. What, not funny enough? Well let’s do THREE SCENES OF IT!
The humans aren’t much better off either. Bea and Thomas get a book deal from a guy who doesn’t respect the vison of the book. A plot that the painfully self-aware film keeps reminding the audience of in perhaps the greatest feat of irony working against the film that I’ve ever seen in my life. Make fun of James Corden’s voice? Check. Does it make it less annoying? Nope. Make fun of the overblown story that absolutely betrays the original material? Yup. Does it make is worse? Yeah. Should we breeze past some of the actual drama because kids don’t care? Sure! Will kids care more about narration explaining why we are interrupting drama than the drama? Absolutely not.
Speaking of which, we had an entire row of kids in front of us that were bored out of their minds. Sure they just weren’t well behaved kids, but kids movies should be able to entertain all ages. This entertained no ages. It’s a step-up in terms of character drama, with a more personal story for Peter and more drama for Bea and Thomas. Which kids don’t care about. So let’s dumb down 100% of the comedy so kids will laugh. Except they didn’t. And the breeze through the drama. WHO IS THIS MOVIE FOR? I DON’T KNOW! Just- here’s an example…
So we get the bit about the fox who starts to work out of whatever, then I guess he becomes a vegetarian. Then there’s this squirrel that sings the on-the-nose songs for some reason, and he makes a joke about the fox being a vegetarian and the fox tells him it’s his cheat day. Then they run off and we never see the squirrel again. So I guess the joke is, the fox ate the annoying squirrel? Yeah I don’t really get it. And there’s alot of that mixed in with a striking amount of Guy Ritchie editing. Because every freaking movie this year wants to be the movie it is PLUS a heist movie. Which this ends up being.
You know what, I don’t want to talk about it anymore. Let me look at the movies I’ve rated this year and see where I’d rank this. One second… <scrolls through IMDb> Second worst of forty-six movies. Dang that’s not alot of movies… Okay well, don’t see Peter Rabbit okay? It’s stupid, unfocused, and very lazily thrown together. It’s not funny, doesn’t hit the emotional beats that the first one kinda did, and uses as much self-deprecating humor as possible to remind the audience that this is absolutely nothing like the source material. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is just awful. 3/10.
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-review by Ryan Prince