Miss Potter

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A perfectly nice little movie that looks at (some of) the life of Beatrix Potter, starring Renée Zellweger in the title role. Ewan McGregor co-stars as (first) her publisher and (then) her suitor.

There's a very gentle and effective use of animation to give us a peek at Miss Potter's imagination. And the movie does a good job of painting the class-consciousness of early 20th century England, as reflected in the attitudes of Miss Potter's parents towards "tradesmen." There are some historical inaccuracies, summarized at Wikipedia, but they're pretty minor.

My only quibble is … well, that Beatrix Potter's life isn't really that inherently interesting. Sorry. Maybe if I'd read Peter Rabbit at a more impressionable age, I'd feel differently, but I was always more of a Little Engine That Could guy.

Miss Zellweger and Mr. McGregor previously starred togeter in Down with Love a comedy ditty set in 1960s America. It would make an interesting double feature with Miss Potter.

Last Modified 2012-10-17 3:33 PM EDT