Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Sometimes you go and see a movie not because you think it's going to be a thrill a minute, but because of the people in it. Miss Potter was exactly that kind of movie.
It was because of Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor that I really wanted to see it. I loved the pair of them in Down with Love and I just think they have good chemistry together. So seeing them together again in this was too good to pass up.
It's a sweet movie... although I supposed, depending on what frame of mind you went into the cinema with, parts of it could be considered a little twee... but, to be honest, I was just left with the impression of a very sweet movie.
Although both Ewan and Renée were very good, and their chemistry was once again perfect for this movie, I have to say that I think that, for me, Emily Watson stole just about every scene she was in. To be honest, I didn't think about it until after the movie, but she was really strong and while her onscreen persona wasn't the most attractive, there was just something about her.
I also liked the addition of the animation for Peter Rabbit and Co. I did wonder at first if it was going to pull you out of the moment, but I honestly don't think that it does. Well, except maybe for the pumpkin coach pulled by six giant rabbits... but then I think that that's also the first time we see the animation.
I'm not sure how much poetic license was taken with the story (as much as with any non documentary biopic I guess), but it was interesting to learn more about Beatrix Potter, who I knew a little bit about, but not a great deal I must admit.
Like I said, not a thrill a minute movie, but a very sweet and ultimately quite interesting one.
yani's rating: 7 Puddleducks out of 10