Hyde Park on Hudson Movie Reviews
User reviews on Hyde Park on Hudson
When waiting in line, one of the exiting patrons advised us to get a refund instead of going in to watch. My wife and I agree it is truly awful. Rotten Tomatoes reviews are overwhelmingly negative, and we should have checked. The story, such as it is, is icky and sleazy, Murray turns FDR into a whimsical cad, with no sense at all of the weight of the times on him, and we never sense the enormous power of his presence. The British are mocked, and Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who was renowed for her charm and grace, is played as pompous and out of her depth, repeatedly negatively comparing her husband, George, to his Nazi-sympathizing and fatuous brother, even screaming at him not to stutter. Eleanor Roosevelt, is petty and graceless, "obviously" lesbian, with a chip on her shoulder, and Laura Linney's character, is utterly flat and uninteresting. Her character wrote a diary on which the movie is based, and there is no evidence of the affair --or crude sexual liaisons -- with FDR that is the center of the movie. We researched the woman who wrote the diary. I am surprised that Laura Linney would so disparage that remarkable woman's history. The one redeeming performance, perhaps, is the wonderfully sincere and engaging Elizabeth Marvel as FDR's long time secretary, "Missy" LeHand. In our view this is a movie with no integrity at all. Yech!
This is a drama/comedy about the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman visiting president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York - the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. I did not like this film and do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. I thought the cast was amazing and I enjoyed watching them being silly but the film overall failed to entertain. I thought the film was a bit too superficial, i wish it dug deeper into Roosevelt and his woman. It does not feel like a real movie, it feels like bunch of sketches put together, unfortunately it is also not very funny.
FDR is one of my heroes...He did, after all, help steer our country through it's most darkest decade and a half: first the Great Depression and then World War II. I'll never forget how my grandparents used to drill it into my head how they never would have survived and had my father without the help of social programs established and championed by FDR. So this movie is something of a disappointment for me. FDR is depicted completely as a cad in this movie. He doesn't do anything presidential except host the Queen and King of England at his estate over the weekend. The rest of the time he spends dodging the watchful eye of his wife and mother while trying to sneak away with his mistress. It's not the portrait of a heroic man, but I guess it kind of stands up to who he really was in some ways in his personal life. I hope they make a better movie about FDR because this should not be the one that the public is left with.
Okay, so we like totes studied hard up on FDR this year in US History class, but like omg, this movie really paints a different picture than I ever thought was possible for a man who was elected to four (count 'em: FOUR) terms as president! I'm sure they took hella lots of artistic license in making this movie and in the way they portrayed FDR, but if he was anything like what they make out to be in this movie then he was one perverted old dog! He basically has an affair with his cousin (ew!) and cheats his whole married life on his wife (the totes awesome and inspirational Eleanor Roosevelt) and is the object of scorn from his mother and the Queen of England who definitely has something stuck up her you-know-what! Overall, I'd say that you should watch this movie because it presents a different view of a famous leader that you probably rarely get to think of when you think you know all there is to know about FDR.
Presidents are big at the box-office this season: there is, of course, Oscar favorite and critical darling Lincoln from Steven Spielberg. A number of “doc**entaries” (and I use that term loosely) on President Obama made by right wing (ahem) propagandists have also found enough Tea Party patrons at the box-office the last few months. And now we have Hyde Park on Hudson, a movie about the country’s longest serving president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which is really not about his four terms as President or any of his major legislative achievements.
It is, instead, about how the women in his life (including the First Lady, First Mother, and – for lack of a better euphemism – First Mistress) all conspire to make a visit from the British royals an event FDR was guaranteed never to forget. It’s a bit of a con, really, because we know what we’re watching is based more on fanciful conjecture than anything that may have happened in real life. It is also based largely on the idea that women in subordinate positions of power are by their very nature scheming creatures who get their jollies against men and each other by concocting grand schemes that primarily make the female gender look like a weak and sniveling group of insecure loons (just like the very makers of all those anti-Obama doc**entaries).
Then there is FDR, played with randy raucousness by Bill Murray, who seems less concerned withe the serious business of governing than he does with entertaining his genitals with the loose hands of his mistress and distant cousin Daisy (Laura Linney). To be fair, this is a movie set over a single weekend, and it’s more about a social call than about wonky policy issues, so it behooves us not to take it or the man so seriously. But then the movie (as handled by director Roger Michell) plays all the characters as more caricatures than people, especially the women – and this includes the Queen of England who seems positively the snoot of all snoots as played by Olivia Colman. This makes it difficult to enjoy or even want to watch, since the movie seems to forget the golden rule of movie making: print the legend, not the history. We like our presidents, monarchs, and heroines to be worthy of the elevated status we give them, whether they deserve it or not.
Hyde Park on Hudson fails miserably on this account.