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On DVD June 19th

For all of you who missed it in the theater you now have the chance to view one of the better movies in a long time on DVD. Miss Potter released in a small amount of theaters and unless you had an art house in your area you probably missed it all together. That is a shame too as very seldom will such an enchanting film come along. In a Hollywood of over the top special effects and shock value writing, Miss Potter was an appreciated change of pace. Director Chris Noonan (Babe) captured this true story with delicacy, warmth and humor. He created a film with soul and beauty and allowed his actors to breathe life into long ago events.

Renée Zellweger plays Beatrix Potter author of children’s classics including the best selling “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. In a time when women where to be married and stay quietly at home Beatrix longed for something more. A way to make it on her own. This Biopic shows how her love for story telling and illustration transported her and her “friends” to national fame. Zellweger embodies the heart and passion of Miss Potter perfectly. Her strong will and creative imagination make her quirky and loveable. This could easily be one her best roles and it won her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. It also stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson. Ewan is a kind spirit and this helped develop the role of Norman Warne who is assigned to try and make something of this new, author, Miss Potter. His sister Millie (Watson) takes to Beatrix immediately and they form an immediate bond of friendship. These three characters carry this film under the direction of Noonan and it works like magic. There is the slightest bit of animation that subtly shows Potter’s drawings come to life in her head. They are real to her and at these moments you get a quick glance into her world. These scenes are never cheesy or childish but just add to the merriment of the film as a whole. The DVD contains a behind the scenes making of Miss Potter as well as director commentary. It is rated PG and despite a few dramatic moments is perfect for the entire family. The look of the period and the wonderment of Potter’s illustrations make this a movie to not only watch but own. I give it 5 out of 5 cottontails. With a look at Miss Potter, I’m Matt Mungle.
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