There’s a clever little meta streak that runs through “Peter Rabbit,” especially among the wildlife, who snark and joke and talk about their “character flaws,” make war movie references, and “pour one out” for their fallen homie Mr. McGregor, all while bopping along to endless pop and hip-hop tunes.
Ultimately, after the dust has settled, the lesson at hand is one of peaceful coexistence with the environment. The more you try to shut something out, with gates and fences and dynamite, the more it will try to fight back. There’s also a message about owning your actions and taking responsibility… even if you are a tiny talking bunny wearing a blue jacket. But when a bunny misbehaves like Peter does, apologies are necessary all around. Perhaps even to the audience of the film.
Starring James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill. Directed by Will Gluck.
Rated PG for some rude humor and action. Check listings for theaters. 1 hour, 33 minutes.
Bottom line: What starts as a sweet tale turns into violence