Miss Potter, Great DVD about Beatrix Potter

I just finished watching "Miss Potter" about the children's author and illustrator who wrote "The Adventures of Peter Rabbit." I loved it and the additional non fiction biography of this amazing woman. She was a woman who lived ahead of her time. As a Victorian woman she was supposed to marry the man who parents picked for her or live at home and take care of her parents until they died. Beatrix published her books over the objection of her mother. She finally left the family home at 32 and moved to the lake district. She felt that the land in this area should be preserved and stay as farm land. She bought 4000 square miles of farm land and gave it to the national trust to be preserved for us all. And finally she married a man of her chosing.

Apple-cheeked Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones' Diary) once again slips into a British accent to play writer/illustrator Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit. Potter, born into wealth, fought the disapproval of her high society mother to do something as crass as publish a book...and to fall in love with her publisher, Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor, previously teamed with Zellweger in Down With Love). Unfortunately, their love runs into something worse than upper-class stuffiness. Miss Potter skips through Potter's life a bit too briskly at times, but Zellweger's thankfully restrained performance, McGregor's infinite charm, and some beautiful shots of the English landscape keep the movie grounded and engaging. Also featuring a crackling supporting performance by Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) as Warne's sister Millie.

Let me know how you like it.



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