Miss Potter opens in the early-20th-century London bedroom/studio of Beatrix. The camera shows the period paintbrushes, period paints, period paper, and period porcelain palette of an artist at work. And then the camera pulls back to reveal the very non-period Texan, Renée Zellweger. Just like that, as soon as Zellweger opens her clenched jaw to utter her first supposedly Brit-inflected syllables, the film suffers a mortal wound -- and all those periods become question marks.
As the plot unfolds, Potter is already a 30-plus unmarried woman who lives in the attic of her parent's house, an old maid and a bit of a shame to the family. She has not married despite her mother's best efforts to match her with a suitably class-equivalent mate.
Read the rest of Greg Akers' review of Miss Potter from this week's Flyer.