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Miss Potter

Published February 18, 2010

Miss Potter

Film info

  • Title Miss Potter
  • Director Chris Noonan
  • Year 2006
  • Run time 1hr 28m
  • Genres Romance, Drama, Family
  • Tagline The life of Beatrix Potter is the most enchanting tale of all

Drama based on the true story of Beatrix Potter starring Renée Zellwegger shot on location in London and the beautiful Lake District. The dowdy, fanciful Beatrix Potter is in her thirties and still living with her parents in London who'd like to see her married off. She shows no inclination to marry, despite a stream of young men beating a path to her socialite parents' door to pitch woo. Withdrawn and unusual, Miss Potter (Zellwegger) prefers instead to immerse herself in the world of the animals she draws and writes about, including Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck. She finally puts together enough illustrations to fill a book and Norman, (Ewan McGregor) the man the publisher assigns to the project, quickly falls in love with her. Soon the contrary Miss Potter's life is turned around but, typically, her uppity parents disapprove vociferously of Norman and Beatrix is forced to choose between her family and her great love.

Live Blog

TimeComment
1:02My dad used to sharpen pencils with a knife. I loved how wonky they were.
4:31They don’t look all that impressed.
6:49She must be quite rich to have a woman following her about, and a coach and horses.
7:43It is odd they let coaches in the park, a bit like letting cars in there now. No chance.
13:57She is very demanding for a brand new publisher. I like it.
19:15Hehe, posh people that say “orf” instead of “off” make me chuckle.
21:58I like his scarf - I am obsessed with scarves at the moment.
23:46Why is that woman wearing a tie?
26:03I would like to have been a kept woman until the age of 32.
28:42So, does he really like her stories, or does he just like her?
37:42Is playing cards not really a girl thing then?
40:29Mr McGregor is singing again.
43:33I always worry about ladies standing next to fires, in case their giant skirts catch fire.
47:05Aw, bless them. Amazingly, that is some sentimental bit that I don’t find disagreeable.
54:54If he proposed to me I would only think about it if he promised to get rid of the crazy moustache.
1:00:42Oh dear, he didn’t grow up to look like that? Boo. That’s the guy from Monarch of the Glen.
1:03:09They make the journey seem very quick, but I bet it was agony.
1:08:39She was ever so slightly crazy beforehand. I don’t suppose grief will help.
1:12:23How do you grow a beard like that? So very fluffy.
1:14:43Ms Zellweger has very bony hands.
1:18:11Yay, pigs. Every film should have piglets in, I say.
1:19:42£1,000 for a farm? I don’t understand.
1:24:24I didn’t know Beatrix Potter did all that stuff with the land. How amazingly generous.

Thoughts

I didn’t even know there was a film about Beatrix Potter, I’ve read the books and didn’t really like them and I’m not the biggest fan of Renée, but this was free on the iPlayer and I thought I would give it a go.

Surprisingly, this was much better than I thought. It reminded my of that TV documentary about Enid Blyton. Slow and moving, emotional and telling the simple story of someone’s life and how that translated into the work they produced. Still not a fan of Renée but this was good.

Rating: 4 / 5

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