Posted by Martin:
I wanted to see this when it came to theaters last January, but it came and went very quickly. That is a shame though, this is a gem of a movie.
Beatrix Potter is played by Rene Zellweger, and she seems to have gotten the English accent down after a couple roles that have required it.
We meet Beatrix as she is shopping her first book to publishers. During this time it is unusual for a woman her age be unmarried and working, that is a strike against her, and it is the first indication of what this movie is really about, woman's roles changing in society.
At least that is what the movie starts off about and I think wants to be about, but then it changes into a hidden love affair with her publisher played with extraordinary skill by Ewen McGregor.
The movie focuses more on this relationship than any other relationship of Beatrix's, which is a shame because she was a woman to be contended with. She was a pioneer in changing women's roles and in protecting the environment, but these issues are pushed to the side in favor of the love affair. Which is the only real weakness of the movie.
But the movie is played with joy, and whimsy, and genuine care for the characters. I definitely recommend renting this DVD.
The DVD itself
The DVD itself is actually quite good for such a small movie. The transfer is excellent and the audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, is used quite well to express the openness of the lakeside scenes. There is no DTS on this disc, but that is okay. One of the few times I will say that.
There is an audio commentary by the director Chris Noonan, who was also the director of Babe.
Included is a documentary on Beatrix Potter. And it is after watching this documentary I realized that the movie missed a lot, the documentary was produced about four years before the movie was. From this documentary I began to realize just how important Beatrix Potter was and is. For those interested in literature and woman's issues the documentary alone is worth the price of a rental.
Also included is a short feature of Rene Zellweger playing Miss Potter, nothing major here, this is cobbled together from various interviews through out the production of the movie.
This is a quite feature that deserves more viewings.