Directed by: Chris Noonan
Written by: Richard Maltby Jr.
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson
The much-loved children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, was created by a proto-feminist in love according to Miss Potter – Australian Babe director Chris Noonan’s return to film after an 11 year silence. Following Beatrix Potter’s road to love, happiness, and publishing success, Miss Potter is charming despite its simplistic story.
From a young age, Beatrix Potter sees the world through her imagination. While she is brought up with an upper-class background, Beatrix grows to rebel against her mother’s (and early 1900’s British society’s) expectations, following her dreams of writing children’s books that feature her “friends” – rabbits, hedgehogs, frogs, mice, and silly ducks. Sharing her passion is shy, but affable Normal Warne (McGregor), who helps her publish her books and become a famous writer.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Lake District, Miss Potter jumps from love story to biopic to an environmentally friendly message. It may charm us with its old-fashioned sensibilities and plucky beginnings, Miss Potter loses its endearing qualities too quickly as the film’s most compelling element peaks too early. A little too sweet, and as scatty as the film’s protagonist (often talking to animals brought to life through animation), Miss Potter loses steam too quickly to maintain our sympathies and interest.