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Movie Review 'Peter Rabbit,' a search for a place and a self

“It’s a shame when you don’t know who you are or where you belong,” Peter Rabbit

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To know who you are and where you belong, you must find the links between things and the greatest link is love. play

To know who you are and where you belong, you must find the links between things and the greatest link is love.


By the time you are done seeing “Peter Rabbit,” you should confidently be at home answering these three critical existentential questions: Who am I? What is mine? Where do I belong?

If you have lost a sense of home and identity, then this is the movie that’d bring about your much needed instauration.

Finding a home in Miss Bea and the country side

The anthropomorphic rabbit siblings: Peter, Mopsy, Flopsy and Cotton-tail have lost their biological parents so they find an amiable and caring Mother in Miss Bea, a woman painter who inhabits a house in the country side. The mother-children love between Miss Bea and the four rabbits is so fervent that the rabbits would go to the end of the world to destroy whatever and whoever threatens their relationship. The rabbits also hold their natural habit dear. Two things you must not try to divest them of: the country side and Miss Bea. But the Old McGregor lives a stone’s throw away and he does not like the mere harmless sight of the animals. He’d build walls and set up gates to keep the animals away. The rabbits trouble life out of him until he dies of heart attack. The animals rejoice on the demise of their arch enemy unknown to them that the house has fallen into the hands of a younger Thomas McGregor who’d quit his job in the city in order to live in the country side and take care of his family property.  

Not just the garden, Miss Bea too

Thomas McGregor also happens to hate the animals with unspeakable passion. He’d do anything to keep them away from his family house. He unfortunately goes a step further falling in love with Miss Bea. This infuriates the animals. He is their biggest threat. He is taking their home and mother away from them. Peter rabbit declares war on him. “You can’t outclever a fox, so use his cleverness against him,” he says. When being confronted why they are making life difficult for Mr. Thomas McGregor, he defensively blurts, “We are trying to get our garden back.” As truthful as this is, it is not the whole truth. He refrains from mentioning that they are also trying to get their mother back lest the war is seen as the battle for the heart of Miss Bea. This would give them up as being jealous and mischievous.

“We are trying to get our garden back.” play

“We are trying to get our garden back.”

(Manchester Evening News)


Love lost

Thomas feels tortured for realizing that the animals can talk like human beings. “Why am I talking to wildlife? I am losing my mind,” he screams. Miss Bea does not realize that the animals are capable of many mischievous acts. She has a perfect faith in the innocence and sanctity of nature. She even tells Thomas that humans are the ones invading the animals and that the country side is the true home of the wild life. When the tree falls as a result of the detonator that Peter rabbit presses, Miss Bea believes that it is Thomas that causes the tree to fall on her house and ruin her paintings. This causes her rejection of Thomas who feels heartbroken and leaves for the city where he takes back his job as a worker in a toy shop.

Love regained

Peter Rabbit sees an old painting of his parents. His mother wriggles to life and tells him that “Sharing love is not losing love.” This exposition on the infinity of love kicks Peter back to his senses. He realizes that he has been unnecessarily jealous and scared of losing Miss Bea’s love because of the arrival of Thomas McGregor. Miss Bea too is heartbroken that Thomas is not who she thinks he is. Her house and paintings are ruined and there is nothing left for her in the country side. She is getting ready to leave but the animals would not allow the car to move. Peter and his siblings go to the city to find Thomas, apologize to him and bring him back to the country side so that Miss Bea would find a reason to stay. They succeed bringing him back. Peter Rabbit apologises to Miss Bea.

We all have our special place in the world

Thomas would eventually agree that “everyone has a place in this world.” The best place might not however be a physical place but the heart of our loved ones. The movie is a success at highlighting the fact that man and animals can coexist in a beautiful harmony. Love is not something that finishes when it is shared; the more we share, the more we get.

Love is the basic connection

Love seems to be the only true harmless connection that exists in this world. It’s the way we can answer the question of our identity and home. No wonder Peter Rabbit says, “It’s a shame when you don’t know who you are or where you belong.” To know who you are and where you belong, you must find the links between things and the greatest link is love. Peter does not understand this at the beginning of the movie. This makes him say, “Who am I? Who are you? It’s like we are all connected, but with what rope?” We can eventually answer on his behalf, “with the rope of love.”

“Peter Rabbit” now showing in the cinemas.

Written by Omidire Idowu.

Omidire, Idowu Joshua is a movie buff who has a great faith in art’s ability to mediate armistice in the struggle between life and death. Writing makes him tic. You may reach him via noblelifeliver@gmail.com

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