This month, February has been a blockbuster month of fun and interesting movies that have been released.
My husband and I took our family to see Peter Rabbit, and realized through this there were many great lessons for life and marriage through it.
In case, you haven’t seen it. There will be spoilers below. Consider yourself warned. This is NOT a spoiler-free zone.
Ok, now that all the basics are done, here is my review of Peter Rabbit
A great family requires togetherness
Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton Tail, and Benjamin Bunny are adorable as they have stuck together after the death of their parents. Peter is the natural leader of the clan, knowing how to avoid both the older and younger Mr. McGregors. He easily skips around the fence, traps, and wires to toss food to the awaiting siblings. Peter takes his job seriously, and with a great deal of bravado & pride taking care of the rest of the family. Well, to be technical, Benjamin Bunny is a cousin. But he has been affectionately adopted into the mix.
A great family is loyal
Benjamin Bunny is a prime example of loyalty. A slightly dull colored bunny, wearing an even duller color of the brown jacket, is Peter’s sidekick. He faithfully follows Peter into dangerous situations, almost getting killed a couple of times, but never gives up on Peter. The girls, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, are also there helping out their big brother. Their trust in Peter’s ability to provide for them is solid.
Just as in a marriage and family relationship, loyalty to the family is very important. Tough situations will arise. Sticking together through those rough patches are crucial for the family to survive. And it doesn’t matter if you are the outgoing one, the firstborn “by 15 seconds” per Mopsy! or just the cousin wearing the dull brown jacket, all members of the family are equally important and have a special role.
A great couple will date each other and allow romance to continue to bloom
Bea and Thomas McGregor, in the middle of the movie, go on many dates together. It is very sweet to see the love bloom between the two of them. Picnics by the lake, playing games together (hello, Bananagram!), being the heroic gentleman and offering Bea a ride home from town – are just some of the ways a husband and wife can create a happy home.
Wait, did you catch that? Yes, I did just skip from comparing a dating relationship over to a married one. In good marriages, dating must still continue. The sweet times that bring a relationship together are exactly what is needed to keep the relationship strong. Make time today to date your spouse. Take a fun picnic, play some great board games (like the ones I wrote about here), and husbands, if there is a time that you can be extra-gentlemanly and swoop in and help your wife out, do it!
Finally, A great couple will realize that truth and honesty are vital to every relationship
The climax of the movie is where the younger Mr. Thomas McGregor and Peter Rabbit keep fighting, and dynamite comes out. Thomas tries to blow up Peter with the dynamite and even stuffs many of them down the rabbit hole of the treehouse.
Bea is oblivious to all of this fighting as she is painting furiously in her sunroom and listening to music. At the end of the song, she hears one little explosion of the dynamite. She comes out and confronts Thomas about it, and realizes that he was trying to kill Peter.
Seeing the argument between the two of them, Peter pulls out the remote control and hits the button. Initially forgetting that there is a large load of dynamite in his treehouse. An epic explosion occurs, and down goes Peter’s tree…landing squarely on Bea’s painting room. Destroying it completely.
Bea responds with shock and blames Thomas for the explosion. He then tries to show Bea that it really was Peter, but Peter plays the innocent rabbit. I mean seriously, how could a rabbit know how to use a remote control to blow up his own treehouse?
As all of the viewers know, Peter Rabbit did exactly that. And so do Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Benjamin Bunny. Eventually, Peter himself comes to the realization that he completely messed up. In a very sweet scene, he looks at his parent’s portrait and imagines his parents talking to him. They advise him to remember love and honesty.
Peter goes to each of the bunnies and apologizes to them. He knows he messed up, and he has to make it right. Each of them forgives him, and he goes off to London to find Thomas and make it right to him as well.
In every home, there will be situations that just mess up. People mess up. Bad decisions are made. Consequences sometimes cannot be reversed (like the treehouse). But forgiveness is always obtainable. Just as Peter had to seek out forgiveness for what he had done wrong, so must each member of the family when they have done wrong. Saying “I’m sorry, I was wrong, please forgive me”…are some of the sweetest words you will ever hear.
The movie is rated PG, and I felt that it was appropriate for my family. Since it is not rated G, some parents may wish to preview it. There were some scenes with the bunnies and other animals partying in the house that had a distinct “college party” flavor to them. Small children may not understand the death of the older Mr.McGregor or the allergy scene & EpiPen usage at the end. As a registered nurse myself, I did find the allergy scene a bit calloused in its approach. The producers have since apologized for that scene (noted here).
Peter Rabbit was a funny and sweet tale of togetherness, love, loyalty, and forgiveness. I enjoyed seeing it with my family and being reminded of the lessons that were there. We ate way too much popcorn, laughed and (yes, my 1st daughter) even cried a bit at the ending. This was a great night out for our family and good memories were made.