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 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 17, 2012
i never thought my opinion would be closer to rex reed's than a.o.scott's, but with excellent acting, humor throughout ,the look of history,and mostly good camerawork -- definitely good enough.
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.
Written December 30, 2012
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.