25 January, 2007

Go See Miss Potter

Miss Potter, based on slices from the life of Beatrix Potter, is in limited release right now, so you may have to search around to find a theater that is showing it. The Hubster and I had to travel deep into the city to see it, but that was fun. I like visiting the city. Hubs had already seen it, because the school were he has worked for 17 years rented out the movie theater to show it to their high schoolers and teachers. Wasn't that nice of them?

The cinematography is wonderful, both indoor scenes and out. The scenery is lovely, lovely, lovely. Especially the shots in the Lake District and of some of the cottages and gardens. Renee Zelwiger and Ewan MacGregor do a stunning job of acting. The costumes and make-up are very well-done. One gets lost in the biography right away. You will recognize some of they players. One of the oldest Warne brothers in the Warne Publishing Co. is none other than Mr. Collins from the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Another male supporting actor, who plays a realtor and old friend of Beatrix's from childhood, is one of my favorite actors from the late BBC show Monarch of the Glen. (Boy, I miss that show)

I *really* enjoyed this movie. I cannot wait to take my dd and some of her friends to see it. We do not get to see movies like this make it to the big screen because they are so very clean and innocent. How refreshing to see honest moral codes and values in a movie today. I know it's a period piece, but most of us know that not all period pieces are clean, nor are "old-fashioned times" in history clean and innocent. Man has always struggled with good and evil, his own sin-nature and having to make [sometimes tough] choices to live within the mores of society, but also within what was once a much more common moral and ethical code.

The possible "pro-feminist" theme is not overdone at all. The "I will never marry" lines that get shared among the two main female characters are just a coping mechanism or a ruse. When you get right down to it, everyone wants to be loved. How lonely it would be never to be loved by anyone, or to have friends and family with whom to share and grow in love.

I was not offended at all by Beatrix standing up for herself in making a choice of man for marriage, mainly because she was in her mid-thirties (37 to be exact, though the movie portrays her as being 32) at the time and she had her own means of taking care of herself and not being a burden to her parents. Other points could be argued. Her mother was very pretentious; always wanted to stay on top of the social ladder, whatever the cost to her family, it seems. Someone needed to confront dear mum about that sin. LOL.

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