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The Movie Miss Potter - An Enjoyable True Life Story

Updated on January 14, 2015

Beatrix Potter – A Woman To Be Respected

Miss Potter is a film that I really loved and even though it is some years now since I saw it, maybe even 7 years, I still often reminisce about the film and how I enjoyed it. In fact I’ll let you into a little secret, just so long as you don’t tell anybody; my burning desire is to live in what I call a Beatrix Potter cottage. To be surrounded by the peace of the beautiful Lake District where Beatrix’s Hilltop House is located, the farm land, the tranquillity of the entire district with its beautiful landscape, trees, bush and cottage gardens and all the rest that goes with it, seems like a little bit of heaven to me. It appears to be a place where I could sit and write my stories, go for long walks and live in the luxury of fresh country air. Well, we are allowed to dream, so I believe.

The film Miss Potter, told the story of a woman who, in spite of intense opposition from her mother, became an extremely successful author of children's stories. Not only did she write these stories but Beatrix had an amazing artistic talent and with this talent she created all her characters that each played a part in her books. She loved the characters that she created and would talk to them, encourage them and scold them when she thought they needed it. That was how Beatrix developed her stories.

Although Beatrix Potter's life was focused on children's stories, she was not childlike in her behavior. Beatrix was a strong woman who knew what she wanted and fought for her right to live her life as she chose, much to the despair of her mother.

The Review of Miss Potter

Miss Potter is a film that may not be for those who don't like the warm fuzzy type of story, but to those who enjoy learning about the life of successful people and the obstacles they encounter in their private and family lives, I believe that Miss Potter fills that desire admirably in telling about the life of Beatrix Potter, the much loved children’s author who lived from 1866 to 1943.

In the film, the role of Miss Potter is played by Renee Zellweger who was nominated for a Golden Globe Award 2006 Best Actress. Although Renee didn’t gain the award I believe that she certainly deserved it as being the highly accomplished actress that she is, her acting took her audience into the heart of Beatrix Potter’s life as though we were going along with her on a journey.

At the beginning of the film Beatrix Potter is excited about the opportunity to meet with a Publishing House with a view to having her first book published. On arrival at the publishers' premises Beatrix and her chaperone, Miss Wiggin, are met by two brothers who are senior partners in the Warne Bros Publishing House. They accept Beatrix's manuscript for publishing and Beatrix returns happily to her home only to learn later that the book was to be published by a younger brother in the company by the name of Norman, who was inexperienced as a publisher. In fact, the senior brothers thought little of Beatrix’s manuscript but they had promised work to Norman; hence the reason why they agreed to the publication.

Although Beatrix was a little disconcerted at the idea of her manuscript being in the hands of an inexperienced publisher she found pleasure in the fact that Norman took pride in doing a great job and even assisted her with matters concerning printing of the book. Over this period of time Beatrix and Norman became fond of each other and their relationship flourished, to the absolute disgust of Beatrix’s mother. In the eyes of Mrs Potter, Norman was a tradesman and therefore an embarrassment and she did everything she could to discourage the relationship. But Beatrix was in love and when Norman proposed marriage to her, she accepted.

Beatrix father was proud of his daughter and even purchased a copy of her first book when he saw it in a shop window. He was a kind man who loved Beatrix and was obviously torn between his daughter and his wife who considered herself and her family to be of a higher standing than most.

Although Beatrix was strong and stood her ground against her mother, she did eventually, at her parents' request, condescend to accompany them on a three month vacation in the Lake District. On her departure to this vacation she and Norman said their fond farewells and promised to write daily.

For a while on vacation correspondence flowed but then there came a gap where Beatrix did not receive letters from Norman. Mrs Potter took pleasure in her belief that the romance was waning on Norman’s behalf and patronized her daughter while privately gloating that she had won. Eventually a letter arrived for Beatrix from Norman’s sister Millie. The letter contained the bad news that Norman was ill. Beatrix immediately left to travel back to London to see her beloved fiancée.

On arriving at the home of the Warne family, Beatrix was coldly advised that Norman had passed away. The older brothers paid no respect to Beatrix and treated her as though she was less than a servant. Millie expressed understanding to Beatrix explaining that Norman’s funeral had already happened. Beatrix took the news and the explanation of the funeral in her dignified manner but she was broken by the loss of Norman.

Beatrix went home to her parents’ house and locked herself in her room for days. She would not eat, nor would she see anyone. Eventually Millie came to visit Beatrix and helped her to regain some realization that she must move on with her life.

On meeting with her lawyer, Beatrix was advised that she was a wealthy woman; her books were bringing in financial rewards that Beatrix had no idea about. In this new knowledge of her financial success she decided that she would move to the Lake District where she purchased and lived at Hill Top. During her latter years Beatrix continued to write children’s books and to grow her family of characters. Also during those years Beatrix married William Heelis who she had known as a child, and had by chance met again briefly when she was on vacation with her parents during that fateful period of Norman’s illness.

When Beatrix was settled into her new home, much to the annoyance of nearby residents, Beatrix purchased property that she saw potential for. Not only was Beatrix a highly talented author and illustrator of children’s books, she also had a good ‘business head’. She was a woman to be admired for standing up for herself and what she knew to be right. She did not crumple under pressure.

This review has been written from memory with just a fraction of reference to Wikipedia to confirm names. The reason why I am telling you that is because there are very few movies that I have seen and can remember in detail seven years on. In my view the film Miss Potter is outstanding.

First meeting with the Publishing company

Did you see the Miss Potter film? I'd Love to read your comments.

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    • ValerieJoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Valerie Smith 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      @tonyleather: Thank you for leaving a comment. I am pleased that you also enjoyed the film.

    • ValerieJoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Valerie Smith 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      @smine27: Thank you for your comment; I'm sure that you would enjoy the film. Thank you also for Squidliking my lens. I've visited your Making Miracles in 40 days lens and I really enjoyed the story you tell.

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      5 years ago

      This was a hugely enjoyable film, and Rene Zellweiger played Potter beautifully!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I haven't seen this film yet but now I'm intrigued.

    • ValerieJoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Valerie Smith 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      @ChocolateLily: Oh....ChocolateLily - I am so envious! How wonderful to visit Beatrix Potter's cottage. Even though you were little at the time, I'm sure that must have been a lovely experience. For me to visit the cottage is a dream and probably will remain so. But dreams can be fun. Thanks so much for your comment and for sharing your experience. Best wishes :)

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      5 years ago

      I haven't, but I think i would like to. I have always loved Peter Rabbit and his friends, and my mom cultivated this from a young age. She even took me to visit Beatrix Potter's cottage when I was little as we were living in England at the time.

    • ValerieJoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Valerie Smith 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      @TheCozyDinosaur: Thank you very much for your comment. That's really great and I'm so pleased that you are going to watch this movie; I'm sure you will enjoy it. Best wishes.

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      5 years ago

      I just came across this movie last night, and was undecided whether I wanted to spend time watching it or not... and now I know what will be on my TV tonight. Thanks for the review.

    • ValerieJoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Valerie Smith 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      @SavioC: Lots of thanks to you. Firstly, thank you for visiting my lens and for liking it; I really appreciate that. Secondly, thank you very much for your kind and helpful comment. I wrote that review under a tight time frame and felt that perhaps it wasn't accomplished enough to publish. However, I didn't want to waste the time I had spent so I decided to publish and hoped for the best. In view of my thoughts, your comment is well received and extremely valuable. I thank you again and look forward to your feedback on Miss Potter when you have viewed the movie. In the meantime - my best wishes.

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      5 years ago

      You sold me into watching this movie with one line in your review " ....but to those who enjoy learning about the life of successful people...." . Nicole Kidman & Renee Zellweger are two actresses who actually totally convince me that they are the character they are playing. A superb review. I will come back after watching the movie .


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