4/11/2007

Movie Review: Miss Potter

Wow, a period romance starring Renée Zellweger!

She seems to be on here element whenever she plays a charming female lead (Jerry Maguire, Chicago) but this movie, she shows more restraint while maintaining a dose of healthy quirkiness to Beatrix Potter.

Beatrix Potter is the author and creator of Peter Rabbit, which makes her the J.K. Rowling of the early 1900's. Her story is one of melodramatic romance book material-- she was unmarried into her early 30's, which was pretty much a social death wish in her era, when meets an unassuming English publisher, played by Ewan McGregor. The whirlwind of romance was there, complete with joy and heartbreak.

One aspect I appreciated was the effort of the creative and production team to show the social atmosphere of the 1900's, from the ultra-conservative romance and the view on women and singlehood. The story is very solid and the chemistry that Zellweger and McGregor had in Down With Love was there, of course, 1900's style.

Clearly a chick-flick, I'd give this two thumbs up... if I were a 30 something single woman.

Rating: 3.5/5
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