Thursday, July 31, 2008

Creating Peter

Today Z and I watched Miss Potter, the biopic movie about Beatrix Potter. Z pulled out his copy of Peter Rabbit and was fascinated by the pictures in his book that were exactly the same as the ones she was drawing on tv. I tried to ignore Renee Zellweger's annoying squint. I didn't know anything about Beatrix Potter before this movie so I wasn't sure how accurate their depiction was. After a quick read on Wikipedia, I found out that she was also something of a naturalist and scientist. Apparently, there were a few inaccuracies in the movie but nothing drastic.

I thought this was a pleasant movie although I didn't know if the illustrations that came to life as Beatrix talked to them was supposed to show that she was imaginative or slightly mentally ill. I loved finding out that she was a great conservationist and that her legacy in Britain lives on in the form of 4000 acres that she donated to The National Trust. I think I would like to find a more historically accurate book about Miss Potter's life. Can anyone suggest a good one?

Dreaming in watercolors,

1 comment:

  1. There is a wonderful biography by Linda Lear, but it is a bit of a time investment - it took me ages to read but was fascinating.

    Here is a link to my review: