FILM REVIEW | Peter Rabbit 2

Peter Rabbit's 2018 adventure was pretty delightful all-round, and now its sequel has final hit cinemas after a year-long Covid delay.

Again bringing back the exceptionally crafted digital bunnies, Peter Rabbit 2 returns audiences to the cheeky, knowing world they explored in the original - with more than a little commentary on the nature of sequels and commercialism.

This time around Peter Rabbit and his crew of well-dressed barnyard animals are adjusting to life with Mr McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson, Star Wars) as a friend, not an adversary.

The farm owner has married Bea (Rose Byrne, Instant Family) and the pair have published a book about the bunny family's hijinks - a book which has become a smashing success.

Enter nefarious book publisher Nigel Basil-Jones (David Oyelowo, Selma), who promises to make the McGregors obscene amounts of money to turn their book into a series - with just a few small (and outrageous) changes.

One such change would see the rambunctious Peter turned into a villain - the "bad seed" - among his more moral friends and family.

Back again: The mischievous family of bunnies, led by Peter (James Corden) return for the long-awaited sequel Peter Rabbit 2, rated G, in cinemas now.

Back again: The mischievous family of bunnies, led by Peter (James Corden) return for the long-awaited sequel Peter Rabbit 2, rated G, in cinemas now.

Disappointed by this perception, Peter wanders off from his family and meets London street rabbit Barnabus (Lennie James, Snatch) who is a bad influence, to say the least.

Crazy adventures ensue, broadening the scope of the series outside the McGregor farm and nearby village.

Everything about this sequel is bigger, more bombastic than its predecessor - and the film doesn't shy away from that, adding meta references to the filmmakers' decisions into the dialogue.

Some of the slapstick will grate on older viewers, but younger kids will find it hilarious.

There are plenty of moments that the whole family will fun humorous, though the serious moments don't play quite as successfully.

It's also fun trying to spot Sydney locations in Peter Rabbit 2, as the production, like the first film, took place in Australia.

The film certainly leaves room for another sequel, but also works perfectly as a wrap-up to the story.

Other cast members include Aussies Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Ewen Leslie and Damon Herriman.

Rating: 6.5/10

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