Miss Potter | Chicago Reader

Miss Potter

Renee Zellweger served as executive producer of this high-toned Beatrix Potter biopic, which may explain the unbridled cuteness of her starring performance; as the sheltered 36-year-old Londoner who created Peter Rabbit and struck gold with her illustrated children's stories, she seems on the verge of turning into a bunny and hopping off into the brush. Ewan McGregor is the eager young publisher Norman Warne, who took a chance on Potter's stories in 1902 and pressed her snobbish parents for her hand; Emily Watson is Warne's sister, who befriended Potter. The twee romance was too much for me, though the movie's more interesting first half notes the innovations Warne introduced to popularize illustrated picture books for children. Chris Noonan (Babe) directed. PG, 92 min.

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