Item description for Miss Potter by Chris Noonan, Renee Zellweger & Ewan McGregor...
Description(Drama) The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.
Outline Miss Potter walks that fine line between charming and cloying with pleasing sure-footedness. Apple-cheeked Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones' Diary) once again slips into a British accent to play writer/illustrator Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit. Potter, born into wealth, fought the disapproval of her high society mother to do something as crass as publish a book...and to fall in love with her publisher, Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor, previously teamed with Zellweger in Down With Love). Unfortunately, their love runs into something worse than upper-class stuffiness. Miss Potter skips through Potter's life a bit too briskly at times, but Zellweger's thankfully restrained performance, McGregor's infinite charm, and some beautiful shots of the English landscape keep the movie grounded and engaging. Also featuring a crackling supporting performance by Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) as Warne's sister Millie. --Bret Fetzer
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Actors: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson
Directors: Chris Noonan
Writers: Richard Maltby Jr.
Producers: Arnold Messer, Bob Weinstein, Colin Vaines, Corey Sienega, David Kirschner, David Thwaites
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Weinstein Company
Running Time: 93.00 minutes
Record Label Weinstein Company
Format Closed-captioned / Color / Subtitled /
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Apr 5, 2011
Publisher CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN 6019801748 ISBN13 0796019801744 UPC 796019801744
Availability 0 units.
More About Chris Noonan, Renee Zellweger & Ewan McGregor
Noonan is an International Management Consultant and Accredited Trainer of the Institute of Export.
Reviews - What do customers think about Miss Potter?
Miss Potter DVD Mar 18, 2008
A Beautiful Story. Excellent watching. Tells the story of the woman who wrote the Beatrix Potter Books for children (or adults). Her stories were so real to her that even the animals took on the life of the story and were her really true friends.
10++ Stars, Great Movie!! Mar 5, 2008
Love this movie, also this movie True! Thanks so much Beatrix Potter, I will buy her Books soon! I also bought the sound track to the movie and it s Wonderfully Great!
I recommend this movie to Everyone in the Family, it is a super Clean Movie! Kids will like also!
Beautifully done!!! Feb 29, 2008
Everything about this movies was just wonderful! Renee Zellweger was charming as Beatrix Potter. The story is beautiful, but also can be very sad in spots. The scenery was gorgeous!!
Surprisingly Deft Look at a Most Accomplished Woman Embodied Convincingly by Zellweger Feb 26, 2008
For the most part, Chris Noonan turns out to be ideal director for this engaging 2006 biopic of renowned children's book author Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit) as he has proven to be a master of whimsical touches with 1995's Babe. He has the requisite light touch to bring a welcome breeziness and gentle poignancy to what could have otherwise been an unremitting historical slog. At the same time, dealing with the sanctity of a beloved real-life figure rather than the travails of a talking pig, Noonan faces greater challenges in bringing a deeper resonance to Potter's life story. Fortunately, the first-time screenplay by Broadway director Richard Maltby, Jr. contains well-considered dialogue that doesn't get too precious, and Renée Zellweger, dusting off her flawless Brit-speak from Bridget Jones's Diary, gives one of her most textured and likeable performances in the title role.
Set in Victorian-era England, the story starts with the begrudging acceptance of Potter's manuscript for Peter Rabbit by the Harold and Fruing Warne, a pair of curmudgeonly brothers running a publishing house. Already assuming it will be a failure, they see her small children's book as a safe means to test the business mettle of their younger brother Norman. What happens instead is the meeting of kindred spirits who fall in love. Her book is an immediate success even though her parents, especially her social climbing mother, disapprove of not only her professional activities but also her budding romance with what they consider a tradesman beneath their standing. The first part of the film shifts back and forth between childhood scenes where you can witness the young Beatrix develop her talent and passion for drawing and storytelling. A personal tragedy occurs later in the film which leads Potter to buy a bucolic farm in England's Lakes District. There she develops a proto-environmentalist's mindset and starts buying the surrounding properties to ensure the land stays pristine as working farms.
With her ruddy complexion and modest period garb, Zellweger manages to capture the eccentricity of Potter's character without falling heavily into coy mannerisms. She gets help from Noonan's periodic use of animation to bring Potter's characters to life when she is alone. It's a decidedly Disney-style movie technique, but somehow it works in this context. As the shyly affable Norman, Ewan McGregor cuts a charming figure if not that much of a gravitational force in the story. Luckily, Zellweger and McGregor are more suitably matched here than in their previous coupling in 2003's execrable retro-romance, Down with Love. Emily Watson has a field day playing Norman's spinsterish, suffragette sister Millie. As Beatrix's parents, Barbara Flynn gets to play her pompous mother with relish, while Bill Paterson provides several touching moments as her quietly supportive father. All the production aspects are first-rate - Martin Childs' period production design, Andrew Dunn's picture-perfect cinematography, Anthony Powell's unobtrusive costumes.
The 2007 DVD has several solid extras. Noonan provides an informative, often entertaining commentary track, but I wish Zellweger or others participated to fill in some of the empty audio stretches. Two featurettes are included. The more interesting is the twenty-minute "The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter", which takes a closer look at the author, her creative inspirations, her passion for naturalism, and her marketing and merchandising acumen. The other is the expected making-of short, a little long at 23 minutes but it does highlight the production process with plenty of interviews with cast and crew. Rounding out the features are the theatrical trailer and a music video of Katie Melva performing "When You Taught Me How to Dance", the song Beatrix and Norman sing and dance to at her family's Christmas party.
Sad, Slow and Sweet..... Feb 22, 2008
I walked in and out of the living room while my husband and youngest daughter watched Miss Potter. Animated bunnies and other creatures frolicked across the page and the movie seemed to move along slowly, so, I didn't expect to love it when I actually sat down to watch it.
Instead I was surprised. The cover hints of a great quirky romance. The romance is understated and tragic, but sweet nonetheless. The inexperienced Mr. Warne and Miss Potter fumbled through endearingly. The bigger focus of the film was Beatrix herself. I don't know how I feel about the animated characters that she created in her mind. Part of me is creeped out, but part of me fully understands eccentricities.
The history and customs, the simplicity and society add to the movie. The tragedy sadly unfolds in a time where bad news often arrived too late. This is so foreign to me since anyone I need to talk to can be reached within just a few hours if not minutes so the timing situation added an extra measure of poignancy for me.
This would be a great film for older elementary age girls who get caught up in the fairy tale of Prince Charming since Beatrix follows her heart, hones her talent and leaves behind a world that was better for her presence in it. There is very little "action" and those who can't stand languid films won't be able to sit comfortably through it. History lovers and families looking for family friendly films should find much to like.