Written April 28, 2013
We've all seen and heard so much about Roosevelt, what more could be said? Well, there isn't more, just from another point of view. This was slow, even boring in parts, but also interesting. When reading, or watching, someone's memoirs you must question if what you are seeing/watching is factual or just how they remember it. And then take into account that turning those memoirs into a movie, even more liberty is taken. Having said that, the movie does show a slightly different side of Roosevelt's character. It also gives us one more reason to love Eleanor, the real steel behind the scenes of the presidency....does Hillary come to mind?
Written December 20, 2012
Power is an aphrodisiac; since Early Dynastic Egypt, Mesopotamia, through the centuries, until the present, those with the might have the right to the delights of those whose lights shine at a diminished wattage, and those dim bulbs, like magnets, lust after the powerful, mighty, as sycophants to kings, presidents, dictators...
"Hyde Park on Hudson" is a quasi-documentary based on letters written to "Daisy Suckley" (demure performance by Laura Linney) revolving around her intimate relationship with her fifth cousin, "President Franklin Delano Roosevelt" (1882-1945), depicted honestly by Bill Murray; Roosevelt had a real affinity for his cousins, "Eleanor" (Olivia Williams) his wife, also fell into the "kissing cousin" category...
TWO & 1/2 STARS!!
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Written January 04, 2013
While I was enjoying watching this film, as it is fun, clever, and well acted, the last five minutes spoil the whole film. While I understand that people cheat, and do a many other terrible things as well, I don't appreciate the tone of, "Well, it's okay because everyone involved agreed to it," that this movie so clearly took. Aside from my moral objection to the tone of cheaters, however, I liked the movie. Bill Murray was fantastic, as well the rest of the cast, and the cinematography beautifully captured New York's agrarian side. There are two scenes in particular that stand out, one for being glorious and one for being strange. First, strange: the movie makes a big point to talk about their being cousins, but they're fifth or sixth cousins. There's nothing wrong with that except that they actually know one another. So when they become intimate I feel like it's trying to make FDR into an even bigger creep. The glorious: FDR and King George VI alone time over drinks was masterful.
Written January 13, 2013
Although I am younger (by at least 30 years) than the majority of people who were in the theater , and probably have some personal memory of FDR, I was interested in seeing this movie having seen Lincoln and was so amazed by how much history I didn't know. The movie was slow and dragged from the onset. I felt the there was no discernible plot; was it the visit from the Royals, infidelity, FDR's physical disability and its effect on his presidency?
I was impressed by Bill Murray's ability to play a character other than comedic, however this movie is not one I'd recommend to others.
Written December 10, 2012
Bridge players know a peek is as good as a finesse and this small glimpse into the life of FDR provides the viewer with more information about American history, even that of England, than many a history book and by far exceeds films trying to encompass a life time. The film acts like a core sample of the Earth's surface, digging deeply beneath the soil of these famous people and breaks through at their very source. Without excessive drama, the film quietly invites the viewer to catch a brief glance of what's real behind the facades of the great, famous man so pivotal in the world when humanity showed up at its worst and a few showed up to lead them to their finest hour.
As for Bill Murray, was he born to play the part? Even knowing the man personally did not prevent experiencing him as FDR on the screen. He so erased his outer personality as all good actors do and Laura Linney did as well, there was nothing left of this very funny man to mar the perfection of his creation.