Miss Potter (Two Pack w/ "Beatrix Potter: A Journal" Hardcover)
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Now, a century later, "Miss Potter" (directed by Chris Noonan, starring Rene Zellweger) has a new story to tell, and quite a fairy tale it is, too, with all the delightful magic of one of Beatrix Potter's own stories: winsome characters, luscious settings, strong period details. I was charmed by this film (viewed on DVD, with all the extras), and spent an enchanted evening watching it. As a movie, it is fine family entertainment--something that's hard to come by, these days.
But the film has been widely billed as a biopic, and if you were looking for a story that's true to Beatrix's life, this one might mislead you. Richard Maltby (who wrote the script and spent some 10 years trying to get it produced) and Chris Noonan have teamed up to give us a lovely fairy tale, but one that is based on some fairly fundamental misrepresentations of Beatrix's real life.
Take that elaborate Christmas party, for instance, in a festooned Potter mansion. This dramatically pivotal event could never have happened, for Rupert and Helen Potter were Dissenters who did not celebrate Christmas--much to Beatrix's disappointment, as a child longing for a tree and the trimmings. (In life, both the Potters seem to have been much more dour people than their on-screen representations.)
Or take those childhood visits to the Lake Districts, which never happened either. The Potters holidayed in Scotland until Beatrix was 16. Which means that she could not have met Willie Heelis, who was nearly five years younger than Beatrix, anyway (not older, as the film portrays him).Read more ›
With only some shame I have to admit to knowing very little about Beatrix Potter. To inject some autobiography, I was not read Potter as a child and though after my divorce I raised my daughter, reading to her constantly, there was an agreement that on her periodic visits to her mother she would be allowed to read her Beatrix Potter (because of a Potter obsession by her own godmother) and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read my daughter every other children's' writer, but was forbidden to dip into either of those. So I saw this biopic knowing next to nothing about her. The film seemed to me to give a good impression of who she was. She emerges in the film as a sort of timid feminist, not a activist, but quietly insisting on taking her own path. Though there are flashbacks to her childhood and the final quarter of the film focuses on her moving to the Lake District, most of the film deals with the period of partnership and eventually romance between her and her publisher, Norman Warne. One suspects that of necessity a great deal is left out, but as it exists it is compelling.Read more ›
See it, and you too will likely be spreading the word with an almost missionary zeal. I haven't enjoyed a film this much in 20 years!
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Loved this movie! When I just want a sweet, lovely story instead of the dark rancor, scary stuff that's on today, I choose this one. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great movie! It follows the life of Beatrix Potter, showing how she came to draw the animals from her childhood vacations to the Lake District. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Donna Finefrock
This is a truly beautiful film. Potter's drawings are cleverly animated into the film giving them a real life feel. The true magic is in the relationships. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Chloe
Reneé Zeweger and her adorable accent makes this a delightful film. I instantly added the Peter Rabbit Cotton Tail storybook on my wishishlist for my future children after... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ariana
A charming and beautifully done movie. Renee Zellweger at her best. She brings Beatrix Potter to life.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
This movie is worth watching multiple times. We loved the characters.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
There should be more wonderful movies like this. We Loved it!Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer