Written January 30, 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 March 22, 2013
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Written March 02, 2015
I'd say it was just okay. The actors did a fine job, it was just a little slow in parts. The King and Queen had some very funny lines though.
Written July 28, 2014
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 December 28, 2014
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.