Miss Potter: 3 & ½ Stars (out of 5)
If your parents read to you when you were little you probably know the names Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit. Director Chris Noonan (Babe) brings the story of how a single woman in her thirties from Kensington, London became one of the most famous children’s authors of all time.
Renee Zellweger is cast in the starring role, and although I would have preffered a British actress, she does capture the role quite well balancing Miss Potters excentricities with life in early twentieth century London. Ewan McGregor is cast as her publisher and first love, with Emily Watson as his sister.
The film has few surprises, but does provide a charming, magical, and hopeful world filled with those who dare to dream. I’d compare it to 2004’s Finding Neverland. It won’t bowl you over, but it will provide you with plenty to enjoy throughout it’s short 92 minute running time. You could do far worse at the theater this time of year than to give Miss Potter a chance.