4/10 Despite an unfunny, cheesy and ridiculous screenplay, the first movie was better than it had the right to be and the leading duo of Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson were likeable enough and had strong enough chemistry to carry the movie. Three years later we get diminishing returns with a sequel that has a few redeeming qualities but yet another script that brings the movie down. As for what worked, Byrne and Gleeson are again charming and silly as our leading human protagonists. The pacing is quick with a lean running time so you and the kids will never grow bored. By spending more time outside of the farm, the movie is less contained and more sprawling and epic than the first movie. Kids will enjoy this movie for sure and there are some good moral messages to be had near the movie’s end. Unfortunately, those benefits are overshadowed by the movie’s shortcomings. The first movie’s screenplay had one main plot line with the human characters meeting and falling for each other and the other main plot line with the animals adjusting to a new man (Gleeson) coming in and uprooting their lives. The story was simple but effective. Movies like these don’t need to be overly complicated. However, this movie tries to juggle too many balls at the same time with multiple plot lines that stretches everything too thin. We get marriage troubles, wanting to start a family, trying to publish a book, greedy corporate suits, a Guy Ritchie style heist, con artists, finding your way back home, etc. So much is stuffed into such a short running time that the movie feels all over the place, trying to shove in as much as possible instead of getting a couple plot lines correct. That was the biggest problem with the movie but additional, smaller problems also exist. The soundtrack for this movie completely ills in comparison to the first movie, none of the jokes land and several are recycled from the first movie and despite having some talented big names in the voice cast, we can’t even tell who they are, defeating the purpose of hiring someone for their specific voice. The score is forgettable, the villain is so transparent that even the rabbits call him out and the movie is extremely predictable. The first “Peter Rabbit” had plenty of problems but was genuinely a decent movie with enough to enjoy. If the first movie was one step forward, this sequel took two steps backwards and perhaps writer/director Will Gluck should just end it here and not pursue a trilogy.

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