That's why I'm looking forward to Renee Zellweger's new movie, Miss Potter, what is supposed to be a charming movie on the life and times of Beatrix Potter.
“Miss Potter” is an intelligent, gently told biopic, created in a straightforward, simple way. There are no special bells and whistles except for some lovely computer-generated effects when Beatrix Potter’s imagination is shared with us in quite an unexpected and engaging way....
On a number of occasions throughout the film, her original sketches come to life and turn into hippity-hoppity animated drawings that jump off the page. Not only did those moments delight me, but they seemed to startle and truly tickle the sensibility of Renee Zellweger – the main reason this film works as well as it does.
The film also reveals what an advocate for the environment Beatrix Potter became, after the wealth she acquired from her children’s books allowed her to buy great expanses of property in the Lake District in the north of England. Along with those classic fables, her gift of thousands of acres of land to England’s National Trust lives on.I need to see this movie, I think, to cleanse my somewhat less than complimentary impression of who Beatrix Potter was and to replace that impression with one that is, I hope, more accurate. It's amazing how long the images in that little museum have stayed with me.
Noonan has given us a terrific movie about a woman who lived a good life, overcame the rigidity of her social class and came to understand who she was and what she needed to accomplish during her time on Earth.