A Story About One of the Greatest Children’s Book Authors of All Time!
Throughout Beatrix Potter’s (Renee Zellweger) thirty years of life, she has dreamed up dozens of friends, written about them, and illustrated them. She has now decided to compile them into a brilliant children’s book called, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. In her search for true happiness, she has decided that a husband is not her ticket to bliss; it is her first book’s publication that will ultimately bring her the happiness she seeks. But things get complicated when her publisher Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor) falls for the brilliant young artist and Beatrix begins to wonder if she could be so lucky as to have a writing career and love in her life.
I don’t know how many times I myself have read “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” or how many times I’ve now read this treasure to my own child. But what I do know is how special Beatrix Potter’s writing is. The movie Miss Potter is no different. A film that isn’t a documentary or a biography but a close adaptation of the type of person that Beatrix Potter was: headstrong, quirky, and passionate. Which is why Renee Zellweger was cast. She’s perfect as a female trying to compete with male ladder climbers during the early 1900’s. And Ewan McGregor is as always, captivating. Ever since Moulin Rouge he has captured my attention in any romantic role, he’s realistic and believable! Miss Potter is whimsical without being flighty, and has depth without being depressing. Whether you’ve grown up loving the Beatrix Potter children’s books or not, you’ll fall in love with this adorable film about a woman and her imaginary friends.
Motherly Advice: I watched Miss Potter with my filters set on low and there were only maybe a couple of religious expletives, but that’s it! This film was made to mirror Beatrix Potter’s children’s books so perhaps the director wanted the film to be clean enough for a toddler to view? There is one kissing scene that is short and tasteful and even half covered by train steam. There’s also a short segment that deals with death but again, it doesn’t affect the focus or the general mood of the movie, but it is still a part of Beatrix Potter’s life and so they did include it in the film. I think Miss Potter would be simply magical for adult or child over the age of 10.
Trisha~ A movie that makes me wish I had imaginary friends!