Miss Potter Movie Review
Oh you can totally forget sneaking up on your boyfriend with this movie. One look at the DVD box and he’ll know that he is in for a “chic flick” and if he doesn’t well, I hope you like em’ stupid. This is sort of a biopic of the famous children’s author Beatrix Potter played by Renee Zellweger. She wrote and illustrated such hits as Peter Rabbbit. Miss Potter is about Beatrix’s career, the difficulties of being a rich woman in olden’ days, then being a rich woman in the olden’ days who makes her own money as well as her love affair with her publisher Norman, played by Ewan McGregor.
Much of the story centers around Beatrix interfering, meddlesome and ghastly parents who were social climbing posers that wanted to be in the “upper-crust” of society and were worried that their daughters sick and twisted desires to write about rabbits might somehow influence their social climbing. The more things change I suppose.
Potter was completely content on not marrying, which let’s face it ladies means that she probably wasn’t a looker. Oh no she didn’t. Oh yes she did. Well, anyway, a guy that was ugly enough and desperate enough finally came along with Norman, her publisher, and they hit it off. But, surprise, surprise her total idiot parents do everything they can think of to interfere at every turn. If you were guessing that Beatrix’s parents interfered because he didn’t have enough money, you would be correct. Even though Norman’s father owned the publishing company that Norman worked for, that wasn’t good enough. Yes, it will be difficult to get that man in your life to sit through this one.
Miss Potter is a good period piece and all the acting is really top quality. Emily Watson plays Norman’s sister Millie and gives a very nice performance. Director Chris Noonan handles the content very well and makes the movie a lot more interesting than it sounds. The pacing in period pieces, especially romantic period pieces, can be oh so painful, but Miss Potter’s pacing is oh-so-grand, well mostly anyway.
Enjoyability Grade B
Home Theater/HD Factor A-
Overall Grade B