Bea (Rose Byrne), the rabbits’ surrogate mother, has turned their adventures into a book. Its success attracts the attention of an editor (David Oyelowo), who courts Bea with fancy cars and rabbits with sparkling water and raw vegetables. He envisions a series of 23 books with 109 characters. Bea worries that his work will be adapted into something sassy and trendy – in other words, into a movie like “Peter Rabbit 2.” And while it is boring to watch a follow-up mock itself while implicitly mocking viewers for buying tickets to a rude Peter Rabbit, Vanity offers proof that things could have been worse. At least Gluck doesn’t send Peter into space.
What’s also annoying is that the business calculations are always more alive than the healthy dialogue between Peter (James Corden provides his voice) and Bea’s new husband Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson, both misinterpreted as a role romantic and the Mr. Wilson to Peter Dennis threatens her). It’s more fun when Peter, after shunning the walk to Green Day, meets Barnabas (Lennie James), a robbery rabbit who enlists him for a robbery at a farmers market. Note to criminal rabbit brains: the score of the prize is the dried fruit.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Fugue
Classified PG. Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes. In theaters.