Written December 31, 2012
This movie examines the complex relationship between FDR (Bill Murry) and Daisy (Laura Linney). Both are excellent in their roles. This is not a fast paced movie. It is about a relationship that was accepted by the President’s wife and his mother .She (Eleanor) did live in a cottage a few miles away. It was a time when the Queen and King of England came to Hyde Park to enlist the Presidents support in the oncoming war.
It was also a time when FDR could drive to the local town without Police escort. As we learned from the movie it was not his only affair.
Some might find this dull. History buffs might enjoy it.
Written November 30, 2014
This is a lovely film, with fine performances all around. Some people will not like it since it portrays FDR as a flawed but sympathetic man. He was a lonely man who needed companionship from women that was not provided by his alienated wife Eleanor. This is a small snapshot of him at a crucial time, before war broke out in Europe. The portraits of the young King and Queen of England are charming. This is really aimed at an older generation of viewers. Most young people, especially those craving action and excitement, will find it boring. We enjoyed it very much.
Written December 18, 2014
They should make it clear that the movie theme is FDR's affair....the advertising indicates it's more about him...and, I never got past seeing Bill Murray...never got to seeing FDR...LINCOLN was a far better movie.....
Written January 05, 2013
I was disappointed. The characters for the most part were almost caricatures of the people they were portraying, and if the viewer knows ANYTHING about the Roosevelts and King George and Queen Elizabeth, it would be hard to believe this story the way it is presented. I cannot recommend tis film.
Written November 28, 2014
I found this film enjoyable for the most part, and the acting exceptional, especially by Bill Murray and Laura Linney.
I was disappointed that at Hyde Park, one of the most beautiful spots in the state of new york, there was not a single scene of the mighty Hudson River and the lush green hills on both sides of the river, and too much emphasis on the vast fields on the property. perhaps it was not even filmed at Hyde Park.
also disappointing to me was the emphasis on only 2 aspects of FDR's nearly 3 terms in office: the sexual needs and narcissistic aspect of FDR's personality, and the king and queens' visit. Surely, there were many more interesting anecdotes that could have been highlighted. The movie was only 1 hr, 34 min., and another 20 minutes could have shown other sides of FDR and his presidency.
i would not recommend this movie for children under 15..