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 September 03, 2015
I thought the movie was interesting and entertaining. Found out a couple of interesting facts. Thought the characters played their parts very well. Scenery was beautiful. A friend said their local news showed film being filmed in Roosevelt's house in Hyde Park. It had some funny scenes. Really enjoyed the king and queen of England and Roosevelt.
Written March 09, 2013
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Written August 30, 2015
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 May 03, 2015
Here's an example of when more is less. There is a terrific engaging story about the visit of the King and Queen of England to the U.S. in 1939, but it is mixed in with a story about a pedestrian affair between Roosevelt and his 5th cousin. The screen comes alive when we follow the King and Queen, but the love affair angle is deadly dull.