"Because you are fond of fairy tales," Beatrix Potter wrote to one of her favorite children in 1901, "I have made you a story all for yourself, a new one that nobody has read before." Now, more than 100 years later, Miss Potter has a new story to tell. More fairy tale than factual biopic, this movie is rife with all the delightful magic of one of Beatrix Potter's stories: lovable characters, gorgeous settings, strong period details, and an aura of enchantment.
Beatrix Potter, born into wealth, fought the disapproval of her high-society parents to do something so "crass" as publish a book. In addition, she fell in love with her publisher, Norman Warne. While Miss Potter jumps through Beatrix's life too quickly at times (it actually took Potter more than eight years to get published), nuanced and charming performances keep this movie engaging. Miss Potter makes for great family entertainment, which is hard to come by these days. Only a veiled sexual reference and a comedic moment of tipsiness are cause for caution. Understand, however, that Miss Potter is not "The Tale of Peter Rabbit." Creative animation techniques add a whimsical touch to Potter's drawings and are a fitting tribute to her endearing illustrations, but this live-action movie focuses most on Beatrix's story. Miss Potter is rated PG for brief mild language.