Feature Review – Miss Potter

by alphamonkey on February 2, 2007 · 1 comment

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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.

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    my objection to this film is that it seems to glamorise quite mundane children’s stories. and that there’s an american and a scot playing two english people. miss potter is basically rewriting history for the illiterate and seems like hollywood’s campaign to change history is ongoing. 1984 would be the book of the rant but i think that 1984 has been too abused. but anyway.

    as a film in itself i agree that it has the capacity to be a great film but due to my bias i will alas never enjoy it.

    and why does renee zellweger play british parts (brigit jones’ diary the other film i’m thinking of)?

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