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mini review: “miss potter”

Saw a lovely film this evening: Miss Potter, the dramatized story of Beatrix Potter, of “Peter Rabbit” fame.

Renée Zellweger is most charming as Miss Potter, showing a depth of character and performance that has been the hallmark of her work since Cold Mountain. Ewan McGregor is also wonderful in his portrayal of Norman Warne, the publisher of the Peter Rabbit series, and the rest of the cast shines, as well.

But the star of the show is most often the scenery: gorgeous views of England’s Lake District, and of early 20th century London (filmed at the Isle of Man to get the pebble stone road authenticity).

T’was a great film.

As a side note: we saw recently-retired NBC4 movie critic Arch Campbell at the screening, and he’s a great character. He says he’ll be back – he has something new “under his sleeve” – and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table as a freelancer.

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