Movie Images Courtesy of StudioCanal/Heyday Films
Why are some re-imaginings celebrated as innovative and beautiful, while others are labeled as tawdry and exploitative? That’s the question that is gamboling through my mind as I ponder the critical reaction to “Paddington 2” versus “Peter Rabbit.” As I mentioned in last week’s blog, “Peter Rabbit” is an abomination of the mischievous Beatrix Potter creation. Rather than being clever, the new movie version is sly and devious. Instead of being a worthy opponent to Farmer McGregor, he is dangerous, devious, and deadly. It is as if the Potter bunny has become Ted Bundy: charming on the surface appearance, but deranged and psychopathic in his heart!