Written for The Orbital, March 2007
With the soppy posters, cheesy title and the lead being played by none other than Miss Bridget Jones herself, Renee Zellweger, you would have been forgiven for thinking that this is yet another text book chick flick… but it isn’t! I was expecting a cliché romp through the romantic psyche of arguably one of England’s most prolific storytellers. Instead my prejudices were bulldozed away with amazingly sensitive and yet entertaining direction from Chris Noonan with sublime performances from the supporting cast including a superbly understated Bill Paterson as Beatrix’s father and an amazingly feministic Emily Watson.
Zellweger returns with her old partner in crime, Ewan McGregor (Down with Love) to deliver a believably frumpy portrayal of Potter‘s live and social circumstances. The cinematography is refreshingly English with the timeless images of Peter Rabbit and co. coming alive several times throughout the movie to illustrate the mental strain and emotional turmoil occurring within Potter. Although this is befitting a children’s illustrator, at times it seems lazy to rely on animation to portray what a capable performer could and verges dangerously close to inferring that she had some kind of mental disorder. But nonetheless, Miss Potter is an engaging feel good biopic best watched on a rainy winters evening with a nice cup of hot cocoa!