STUDIO: MGM STUDIOS
THEATRICAL RELEASE: DECEMBER 29, 2006
Inspired by a true story set in Victorian England, a tale charting the life of Beatrix Potter–a literary phenomenon of the early 20th century. At a time when most young women of her class aimed only to make a good marriage, Beatrix became an iconic figure, swimming quietly, but with great fortitude, against the tide. She created a series of books and characters that are as beloved today as they were a hundred years ago, and since their publication they have never been out of print. She was also a distinguished painter and–had she been a man–her botanical drawings would have been snapped up by the Royal Horticultural Society at Kew Gardens. In addition, by the time she died in 1943, Beatrix Potter had purchased vast swathes of the Lake District that she left to the then fledgling British conservation trust, the National Trust. That so much of this glorious countryside that inspired her, remains as it was in Beatrix Potter’s day for others to enjoy, is her bequest to the nation. –courtesy of Yahoo Movies
iss Potteris the sweet, enderaing, and somewhat heartbreaking story of Beatrix Potter’s life. I knew of her and knew of her books (I am ashamed to admit I don’t think I’ve ever actually read any of them). But I never realized what a statement she was making in her own time. I have come to realize that I thoroughly enjoy the stories of women who chart their own course and pursue their own dreams regardless of what their society or culture state are acceptable. Miss Potter is another story of a woman who refused to be put in the ‘typical’ box. And the telling of this story is very amusing, at times.
Renee Zellweger does another fantastic job, as does Ewan McGregor. They show real on-screen chemistry and you feel their care for one another and the heartbreak that they end up with. You believe completely in her perception of her drawings and their companionship. You even begin to empathize just a bit with her parents and their concerns. The story is told very well and flows smoothly at a good pace. Also, the cinematography relays clearly the beauty of the Lake District and the opposing containment of London.
All in all, this is a beautifully done film. It inspired me to go find some Beatrix Potter books to find out what I’ve missed. It inspires you to never give up on your heart or your dreams. It is a perfect film for an evening at home with family or friends.
**There is nothing of any concern for those of you watching with small children. You may have to explain a death, but that would be the extent of the explaining.