Written April 21, 2015
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 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.
Written August 05, 2015
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 August 05, 2015
My mum and I liked what we saw from the trailer, so we thought...'Let's just go catch it today'...!
Usually I research a movie before I go and see it, but this time I didn't....and we were in such shock! We didn't prepare ourselves for the 'nature' of this movie and it depicted FDR...! Bill Murray did a superb fob as FDR and it was nice to see him in a less comedic role. Samuel West and Olivia Colman were the BEST surprise of this movie and were highly enjoyable. Laura Linney, as always, was a gift to the screen.