Renee Zellweger Plays the Perfect B

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Brit, that is.  Hey now, get your mind out of the gutter!  And please note:  if you don’t like movies with slow, uncomplicated themes, then this movie ain’t for you.  Back to the subject at hand, I was at home one day and decided to rent a movie through In Demand/Xfinity.

In the list of movies presented, I saw Miss Potter.  I remember Miss Potter when it came out in 2006 but I never did make it to see it.  Anyway, now was my chance.  What did I think of it?  This movie is a gem.  Its sweetness (not sappiness mind you) just made me melt.  Think Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre-esque quality.

Excellently played by Renee Zellweger and based on the life of Beatrix Potter – the British author of famous children’s books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This film chronicles her seemingly mundane and boring life.

But of course, Miss Potter is more than meets the eye.  Instead of doing what her parents want her to do – she perfects her art.  Instead of bending to the will of society by marrying for the sake of marriage and money – she learns to write some of the most intriguing and long-lasting children’s books around.

To everyone’s surprise – and hers – a publishing house accepts her work.  Of course she and her assigned publisher – portrayed by Ewan McGregor – fall madly in love.  I am not really a fan of Mr. McGregor but I must say, he did his thang in this one.  I won’t give all the details away but there’s money, fame, sex, a death and a marriage – in that order.  And the fact that she’s surrounded by oppressive snobs make you root for this demur character.  You want her to succeed, and she does.

Oh, and the icing on the cake?  It was executive produced by a woman – Miss Renee Zellweger herself thank you very much!  For which she received a Golden Globe nomination in 2007 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

This is great stuff.  Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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