PETER RABBIT™ 2: THE RUNAWAY | Movie Review

Hitting cinemas 1st April, Peter Rabbit and his band of misfit friends are back for another wild adventure. Check out the trailer and see what one of our Kidspot families thought about the film.

In PETER RABBIT™ 2: THE RUNAWAY Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

Aria, Jaxon + their mum review PETER RABBIT™ 2: THE RUNAWAY

We’ve been waiting for the release of this movie for a year (thanks Covid!) so the excitement levels were through the roof when I told the kids (aged 4 and 7) that we were finally going to see it. Peter Rabbit is more popular in our house than any other storybook character and the whole family loved the first movie, so I was certain the new film wouldn’t disappoint – and I couldn’t have been more right.

The story picks up where the first movie left off, with Bea and Thomas McGregor happily married and living in their little cottage in the countryside with their family of rabbits. Bea’s books about Peter Rabbit and his family pique the interest of a well-known publisher and this sparks the beginning of exciting new possibilities for her and Thomas, although not everything is as blissful as it seems.

Meanwhile, Peter being the mischievous little bunny that he is, gets into a few spots of trouble – although he’s not a naughty rabbit at heart, he gets labelled a ‘bad egg’ by the new publisher who wants Bea to tun him into a villainous character in her books. Being branded as a troublemaker hurts – he runs away to the city and falls in with the wrong crowd who appreciate his mischievous ways, but also cause him to question his loyalties and integrity when they put his family in danger.

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The animation in these movies is so well done, and the kids loved how realistic the animals looked. There were also plenty of laugh out loud moments for both kids and grown-ups – the scene where Thomas rolls down the hill to show Bea how good he will be at “frolicking” with their future children caused howls of laughter throughout the cinema and my son almost choked on his popcorn he was laughing so hard!

The underlying themes of the importance of family and being there for each other, working as a team and communicating when you feel misunderstood were all important aspects of this story and ones my kids could easily relate to in this context.

Just in time for Easter and the school holidays, this is a great family movie to see over the long weekend and will be enjoyed by both young and old. Grab your popcorn and settle in for a delightful, feel-good tale that will leave you all smiling by the end.

Only in cinemas April 1st 2021.

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