Chris Noonan’s whimsical and charming film “Miss Potter” is guaranteed to enchant audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Enter the world of Beatrix Potter, beloved author and artist of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” among many other children’s books. Potter was also an accomplished artist and philanthropist, who donated lands to the National Trust of Great Britain.
“Potter” gives us a glimpse into the eccentric Victorian woman’s life, inspiration and her deep love for her fiancee Warne.
Noonan, best known for his film “Babe,” allows the audience to delve deep into their imaginations and go along on the journey of Potter and her friends, Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
Renee Zellweger (“Cold Mountain”) and Ewan McGregor (“Moulin Rouge”) team up together again as Potter and her editor and fiancee Norman Warne.
Zellweger plays the part of the independent, plucky artist well – somewhat similar to her role of Bridget Jones in “Bridget Jones Diary.”
McGregor steps into the role as her editor with a quiet exuberance. The chemistry between Zellweger and McGregor is much more subtle than when they starred in “Down With Love” together, but it is just as potent.
Warne’s sister Millie is played by Emily Watson (“Punch Drunk Love”). Watson does an excellent job playing the odd-ball spinster and Potter’s best friend.
Noonan’s animated characters bring magical charm to this movie as they wink, blink and scurry across Potter’s canvasses. The audience is allowed to step into the fantastical realm of Potter’s imagination.
This film is one for all ages. Whether you read Potter’s books as a child or are just a child at heart, this movie will delight and enthrall you.
3 out of 5 stars