Monday, March 12, 2007

Movie Review: Miss Potter

Bill and I went to see the late movie of Miss Potter on Saturday night and we were both happy we did.

Miss Potter is the charming and enchanting tale of Beatrix Potter (Rene Zellweger), a beautiful and creative woman who delighted generations of children with her books. Set in the early 1900’s in late Victorian England, we are introduced to a sensitive but sweet, isolated, and introverted young woman in her early 30’s living in the home of her wealthy and class-conscious parents. In this secluded, picturesque environment, she develops her natural God-given talents of writing and painting, but yearns for something more.

In the process of getting her first book published (after many rejections) Beatrix finds a willing publisher, Frederick Warne & Co, and teams up with the younger partner in the business, an attractive and amazing man, Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor), who is determined to make her and her books a success. As the two continue their business relationship, they become great friends. As their relationship develops, and as Beatrix gains confidence in her skills as a writer and an illustrator, she evolves into a stronger, happier, more confident, and more extroverted person.

Beatrix also bonds with Norman’s spinster sister, Millie (Emily Watson), and the two resolve never to marry. However, the relationship between “Miss Potter” and “Mr. Warne” quickly turns into a romantic relationship and the two grow deeply in love. In spite of the disapproval of her parents (Warne is a mere “tradesman” and an unfit husband for their daughter); the two are determined to follow through with their wedding plans.

I will stop here so as not to spoil the rest of the story for you, but I will say that this film takes some surprising twists and turns. It is well-crafted and contains lovely music, great whimsical animation, as well as some humorous escapades. The scenery of the English countryside is beautiful and the acting is superb – I would expect nothing less from Oscar winning Rene Zellweger – but the rest of the cast were also exceptionally talented.

Although this film is rated PG, I saw nothing in the film that would be offensive to children. This is a film that the whole family will enjoy. Miss Potter was delightful – go see it!

I give it 4 **** of five *****.

Go here to see the trailer.

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