Written December 24, 2012
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.
Written January 02, 2013
I am glad I ignored the critics reviews and went to see this thoroughly enjoyable, well acted, beautifully directed film.
The subtle understated performances, particularly by Laura Linny and Bill Murray capture the time in which their characters lived. It is refreshing to see this period in our history captured and recreated in a way that highlights the sharp contrast to today's world of "in your face" verbal expression and media over saturation.
The drawing room scene between The President and the King of England in which they both conceed some of their insecurities was terrific.
Also all the women's roles in the movie were wonderful and provided insights into their life and personalities.
Very satisfying and entertaining movie.
Written April 17, 2013
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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.