"Peter Rabbit" Was Surpsingly Very Funny And Entertaining

"Peter Rabbit" Was Surpsingly Very Funny And Entertaining

I mean, it's no "Paddington" but it's worth checking out
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We all know the character Peter Rabbit, brought into the world through the classic art of Beatrix Potter so naturally the internet will get angry when they find out that Hollywood is re-imagining the character for modern audiences. Sony Animation seemed to be using technology from the new “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movie and that “Smurfs” movie with Neil Patrick Harris (Wow remember that? *shudders*) I was never incredibly attached to the Peter Rabbit books so I didn’t have that passionate opposition to the idea of a Peter Rabbit movie. In fact, I thought the trailers were very entertaining and I was looking forward to checking the movie out. Now that it’s out people are still angry but I had to laugh at what they were angry at, I’ll get to that later.

First and foremost I should say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, I expected it’d be fun from how the trailers presented it but this was a pleasant surprise for me. Clocking in at only around 90 minutes, the movie is quick and to the point which is definitely a plus. I was mostly surprised at how funny the whole thing was, I’m not the biggest fan of James Corden who voices the titular character but he won me over in this. I was also surprised to see Daisy Ridley from “Star Wars” and Margot Robbie from everything voice two of Peter Rabbit’s sisters. They all have great chemistry with each other and the movie thrives on the relationship between this rabbit family.

In addition to the characters, I thought the plot was very well told! Again, I don’t have vivid memories of the old Peter Rabbit stories so I can’t really claim to care about the integrity of the character and the stories he’s involved with, I can only judge the movie as its own thing. The plot follows Peter and his siblings trying to get Mr. McGregor’s vegetables in his garden. After a mishap, Mr. McGregor suffers a heart attack and his nephew, Thomas, moves into town after being thrown out of his job for being too much of a psycho. Thomas immediately despises the rabbits and wages war against them behind the back of his new neighbor Bea, who cares for the rabbits and takes care of them after their mother passed away.

The relationships between the characters become interesting once they’re explored a bit more in-depth, the movie covers the relationship between Peter’s sisters, the relationship between Bea and Thomas, the relationship between Peter and Bea, Peter and Thomas, Peter and his cousin, etc. All the characters have nice moments they share with each other as the plot unfolds, the most interesting aspect is easily the rivalry between Peter Rabbit and Thomas. Thomas begins to fall for Bea much to Peter’s disdain, so Peter does everything he can to chase Thomas out of town. Alternatively, Thomas does everything he can to rid his garden of the wildlife.

This movie is very slapstick heavy which is probably what the fans of the classic Peter Rabbit books had a problem with. Personally, I found the action and slapstick very amusing, it reminded me of an old Looney Tunes cartoon with Elmer Fudd constantly trying to one-up Bugs Bunny. At one point Thomas even looks right at Peter and murmurs “You’re mine now...Rabbit!” and I was almost expecting him to pronounce it “Wabbit” like Fudd.

So during this war between Thomas and Peter, something happens that has sparked some real-world controversy and even caused Sony Pictures to issue an apology for a certain scene. We learn early in the movie that Thomas is allergic to blackberries, so later in the movie during a confrontation Peter commands his siblings to chuck blackberries into Thomas’ mouth. Thomas goes into shock and falls to the floor after quickly pulling out his EpiPen and using it. It’s all played for jokes but it has caused parents of children with allergies very upset and offended. They claim that the movie is ‘making light’ of allergies and insinuates that some allergic reactions are made up. They also claim that it ‘‘promotes’ actively trying to get ahead of your opponent by exploiting their weaknesses. I can see the concern here but I don’t think it’s as extreme as they’re making it out to be, in fact, I think a lot of parents complaining about this haven’t even seen the movie and they’re using knowledge they learned from word of mouth. I know this because there’s a scene LITERALLY right after this where Peter says “Food allergies are very serious and not made up.” then he looks RIGHT AT THE CAMERA and says “I don’t want to be getting any letters!” and winks at us. Are we going to have to go back to all movies made in the past and censor out anything that has a light-hearted joke about allergies? There’s a whole sequence at the end of “Mrs. Doubtfire” where a character suffers a humorous allergic reaction, is that scene not okay anymore?

The action is great, the humor is engaging and the music fits well in most scenes. I was surprised how many musical montages there were but it was a pleasant surprise. There’s also a great running gag involving these songbirds, the very start of the movie begins with the birds singing a classic musical tune to the audience only to be interrupted by Peter running through the forest and crashing into them, which is a joke that happens multiple times in the movie. I should also mention how impressed I was with the CGI on the rabbits, sometimes their facial expressions were a bit *too* human and off-putting but overall I thought all the animated characters fit really well into this live-action world. I was most impressed with how they made the rabbits move. When they weren’t talking or making facial expressions I could appreciate how fluid their jumps and dashes across the garden were. They were extremely fast and precise like how an actual rabbit would be, it seems like nowadays I should be used to what Hollywood can do in terms of CGI and animation. Definitely go check out “Peter Rabbit,” it’s a great family movie but I think it can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The humor was at that right balance between being completely absurd and being more grounded. Watch it while it’s still in theaters.

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To the girl with who is blessed enough to have her momma this Christmas. 
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     To the girl who is blessed enough to have her momma this Christmas, please remember to soak every last bit of it in. 

      Please remember to hug her so tight, that the way she smells is locked into your nose. Listen to all the stories you've heard a million times, like you've never heard a single one. Help her, even if it seems completely silly to you, help her mix that cake. Laugh, oh please laugh. Laugh at all her corky ways, at the way she mispronounces words, try's to be hip and use new found lingo, or how she cusses when she forgot to get the rolls out of the oven but quickly asks the Lord for forgiveness. Remember her laugh, etch it into your brain. Make her happy, if she wants to go riding around looking at Christmas lights down the same streets you've went for years, do it. Don't fuss, take her advice, agree to just disagree on things. It's not worth it. Most importantly, remind her over and over how much you love her. 

     Because unlike you, I'm not able to see my mom on Christmas. I'm not able to see her on birthdays, Thanksgiving, or any other occasion. My time with her is up. Death is the most permanent heartbreak. 

     How I long to hear her voice, her laugh. To feel her tight embrace. Smell, oh god, what I would give to just be able to smell her. I would absolutely love to go riding around for hours while she ohhs and ahhs at every single house we pass. If I had the opportunity I'd tell her just how much I love her, how I'm so thankful for all the sacrifices she made for me. In fact, I'm not sure I could ever tell her enough. 

      Some days I wake up and it still doesn't feel real. Others, I panic trying to remember exactly how she sounded. Because, I don't want to forget. I don't want to forget a single characteristic about her. Not one. 

     Take time, not just on holidays, or special occasions to be with your mom. Even if it's just you two piled up watching reruns of "The Little House on the Prairie", soak it in. 

    You only get one momma. Nobody could ever take her place. She's your rock. 

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The Kevin Hart Controversy Shows The Death Of Comedy And The Rise Of Political Correctness

Kevin Hart has apologized for recent tweets containing homophobic language. In doing so, he's further shown how comedy is dying and political correctness is rising.

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The Academy Awards are a big event for film lovers every year. There seems to be extra anticipation for this year's ceremony. This is because it seems like newly acclaimed actress Lady Gaga may take home the statue for Best Actress. While that would inevitably make our gay hearts very happy, the host of the show would need to do the same. On the surface, Kevin Hart seemed like an ideal host. But this is 2018 and if you look for something bad, chances are you're going to find it.

Very shortly after the announcement, several past tweets from Hart emerged. These were tweets of jokes. I never think it's a good idea for comedians to work out their stand-up routine via Twitter, because it tends to come back to haunt them. There were homophobic slurs and comments about how he wouldn't accept his son as gay. The academy gave Hart a choice between publicly apologizing for his tweets or losing the opportunity of a lifetime. Hart declined to apologize claiming that he explained himself since then. Several people spoke out on both sides of the argument. Hart eventually did apologize via Twitter and revealed he stepped down as host because he didn't want to be a distraction.

I don't think Hart should've apologized. Prior to his apology, Hart said via Instagram that we too often feed the internet trolls. I agree with that statement. The fact that Hart's past tweets made headlines so soon after he was announced as host is very telling. There seemed to be a lynch mob mentality targeting Hart. Whenever a celebrity apologizes these days, it comes across as phony. They're apologizing because they got caught and want to avoid scandal. They don't want their career destroyed. This doesn't actually help the celebrity at all. What it does, is give the lynch mob more power. In order to take power away from these trolls, public figures need to stop apologizing.

Hart had previously explained himself in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. He said that the joke about his son in particular was meant to be ironic. "The funny thing within that joke is it's me getting mad at my son because of my own insecurities — I panicked," he said. "It has nothing to do with him, it's about me." I understand this explanation and I'm inclined to believe him. If I were Hart, I would've posted a screenshot of this quote without saying anything. This is what comedy is based on. The whole reason we find what stand-up comedians say funny is the absurdity of it all. Unfortunately, it seems like this is an art form that is losing it's power.

Lisa Lampanelli, dubbed as the "Queen of Mean," recently announced she was retiring from stand-up. Lampanelli is an insult comic who often makes jokes about racial stereotypes. She explained that the reason for her retirement is because her intentions to unite people would be understood better by becoming a life coach. I find this disheartening. Comedians shouldn't stop doing what they do because some people don't understand it. If their intentions are positive, they should keep going despite the criticism. There will always be critics.

Nick Cannon retweeted several past tweets from comedians Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer, and Sara Silverman. These tweets included apparent jokes using the same homophobic slur Hart used. Cannon's point being that these women are given a pass, while Hart is being punished. Silverman appeared to respond by retweeting a post from a gay man. The man explained that since these female comedians were public activists for LGBTQ rights, their intentions were clearer.

I can see where this man is coming from. However, one doesn't need to be an outspoken activist for LGBT rights to support them or the community itself. Plus, jokes are jokes. If Hart explained his intentions weren't homophobic, I see no reason why his jokes are held to a different standard. Why is it okay to only question whether or not Hart is genuine? What if Handler, Schumer, and Silverman are just using the LGBTQ community for profit? Assumptions can be made about anybody, whether they're an outspoken activist or not.

I don't think assumptions should be made about anyone. I'm sure you know the saying about what making assumptions does. Comedy is an art form that is all about being politically incorrect. There is a reason these jokes are funny to people and comedians shouldn't have to apologize for them. Intent matters and punishing artists for expressing themselves should have no place in our society. That is a form of judgment that shouldn't be tolerated. After all, a world with less judgment is what we're all striving for.

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