Run time: 93 mins
Beatrix Potter’s lovable creation goes from tea time to crime time.
Now that Bea and Thomas are married and living in harmony with Peter and his entourage of critters, Bea is getting noticed for her storybook about their farm. Big city publisher Basil makes a lavish offer, encouraging Bea to tell more commercial tales. But labelling Peter as the bad seed strikes a nerve, so he runs away, falling in with petty thief rabbit Barnabas and his gang. Together, they begin to make plans for an elaborate farmer’s market heist but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.
Taking the weaknesses of the original and turning them into strengths, the second in the series continues the evolution away from the gentle English countryside feel of the original writings, albeit in meta fashion, winking all the way. And it works charmingly well. Corden aside, Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne head up an impressive cast of live and voice actors who bring just the right level of zany wackiness to keep this ticking along nicely. A surprisingly sweet second swing at success. (Chris Coetsee)