Peter Rabbit review – unfunny bunny

James Corden and co bring nothing to the carrot patch in this crass take on the Beatrix Potter classic

Beatrix Potter’s children’s books may have been out of copyright since 2014, but that’s no excuse for this manure-scented take on her best-known tale. Using a crass mix of CGI and live action, this version bastardises her trickster bunny, reimagining him as a smirking “young rabbit in a blue coat, with no pants”.

Peter (James Corden) seems to take his cues from The Inbetweeners Movie, shoving a carrot into Old Mr McGregor’s bum and staging a vegetable garden heist set to Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP’s We No Speak Americano.

Every “joke” is explained witheringly (“I’m whimsical and hilarious!” Domhnall Gleeson’s Young Mr McGregor doth protest too much), and there is no real story, just a series of dated song cues, geographically confused set pieces and a subplot involving Harrods that try to conjure an exportable vision of Britishness dreamed up by an LA studio exec.

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Simran Hans

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