Having sat in our Netflix Queue for over 6 months, Miss Potter, coming highly recommended by my parents, finally arrived in our mailbox. This movie definitely made my all-time list of favorites. It is clean, wholesome, and family friendly. Beyond that, it is superbly well-done. The lush landscapes of England are a perfect backdrop to the lush character development of Beatrix Potter and the most famous rabbit of all time, Peter Rabbit.
I am not normally a Renee Zellweger fan. She has squinty little eyes. But as Miss Potter, she does a great job and is easy to love. Beatrix has admirable personality traits such as determination, strength, and independence. She is a bit of a loner, though, with her father and imaginary animals being her only friends. Despite this, Beatrix's father, Rupert Potter, is so supportive of his daughter’s artistic talents and imagination. Their relationship is such a tender part of the movie. And of course, I loved seeing Beatrix's drawings which are enchanting and sweet.
Ewan McGregor is wonderful as a timid and under-appreciated neophyte book publisher who is smitten with Beatrix. Their love story is believable and hoped for. And their courtship is so proper. I wish that young adults today were as refined.
I wholeheartedly recommend this movie! Grab some popcorn and plan a movie night.
Photo credits: Movie Shark Deblore