Written July 31, 2016
A quiet little film that was sadly ignored (in spite of a campaign to get Murray an Oscar nod), as I felt Bill Murray gave a wonderful performance here as FDR, and Laura Linney as well as his distant cousin Daisy, with whom he had an affair, it seems. I very much enjoyed the interplay of all these different characters (FDR, Daisy, Eleanor, FDR's mother, and the king & queen of England) - the dynamics were fascinating. I understood the story was based on diaries found after the cousin passed away, so this is truly an insider view. I tend to feel that quiet, charming films like this one tend to be overlooked, which is a shame. I do recommend this film if you love history and appreciate a good performance.
Written November 29, 2015
This is an interesting, thoughtful movie that is much better than the so-called critics say. It portrays accurately and interestingly a period of American history that played a vital role in America's emergence as a world player. Set in the pre-WWII period, the movie shows FDR in his upstate NY house during a summer when the English king and queen come to solicit American support in the upcoming war. The movie is seen from the perspective of Daisy, a distant cousin of FDR who becomes his mistress over the course of the movie. While it's hard to picture Ghostbuster Bill Murray as FDR, his performance is interesting and he does a spot-on characterization of the polio-effected physical limitations of FDR. I strongly recommend this movie to anyone under 40 as it will teach them a lot about the America of their grandparents' generation.
Written August 05, 2015
My mum and I liked what we saw from the trailer, so we thought...'Let's just go catch it today'...!
Usually I research a movie before I go and see it, but this time I didn't....and we were in such shock! We didn't prepare ourselves for the 'nature' of this movie and it depicted FDR...! Bill Murray did a superb fob as FDR and it was nice to see him in a less comedic role. Samuel West and Olivia Colman were the BEST surprise of this movie and were highly enjoyable. Laura Linney, as always, was a gift to the screen.
Written March 22, 2013
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Written May 28, 2016
There were two very compelling stories elbowing each other for screen time,
I would love to have seen either better told - the visit of the King and Queen of England on the eve of WWII and the romantic side of a great man... unfortunately both stories were not very well developed. The film was well cast and acted, especially by Bill Murray, but the script didn't give him much to work with. It would have made a fair episode of Masterpiece Theater on PBS. I would recommend it as a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours but, on the whole, was a little disappointed in missing the film it could have been or the film I hoped to see.