Written October 22, 2014
For the serious student of American history, Hyde Park would be of interest.
For most movie goers, the image sharpness has much to be desired. Watching this flick is not any clearer than watching a home movie that was filmed with fog on the camera lense, even on the outdoor scens.
The clarity of the inside scenes are mediocre at best .
The acting was not much better than the picture quality. Nothing special.
Not recommended for anyone suffering from depression; they would be in a deeper depression. I feel no joy in this movie.
This would be not suitable for younger children as it for them would be too boring; kids would become fidgety and begin screaming in the theatre seats.
Leave the kids home and stay home with them.
Written December 29, 2014
Engaging film. Enjoyed the entire film. Bill Murray is excellent in the role of FDR. This seems to be the year of the President...elections in November followed by two short looks into the lives of FDR and Lincoln.
This President was not perfect and this shows an imperfect side to FDR. It also shows compassion to the King of England, as a young inexperienced ruler, who comes to the Power asking for support. This is a very touching moment in the film.
A go see or rent for home. This film should win awards.
Written November 30, 2014
The setting was great. The atmosphere of the 30's was well created BUT the characters were disappointing. My father was an English gentleman and I spent my first 2 decades in British Isles so I know that king George 6th was a slight, very thin man with hollow checks and not at all like the actor portraying him. Also Queen Elizabeth, while she may have been sharp and critical in private, always presented a soft cuddly demeanor and was nothing at all like the ugly, unpleasant character depicted in the film. Further, Bill Murray's portrayal of FDR was a very sad attempt compared to Ralph Bellamy's great one in Winds of War. I would not see this movie again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.
Written January 26, 2015
Wish I never even heard of this movie. I went to see Bill Murray. I can't even say what I thought of the acting because the script and the whole story was so offensive. Several people left the theatre during the movie. I haven't seen that happen in a long time.
Written January 27, 2015
The movie was not what I expected. I guess from the previews I thought the movie was going to be more about The President and the King,
I guess my interpatation was incorrect.
It seemed to be a slow pasted movie. I think the movie was worth seeing, Bill Murray did a wonderful job.