I had such high hopes for "Hyde Park on Hudson." The trailer made the movie
seem historical and whimsical (Bill Murray) playing a light hearted but very
Presidential Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Dad was coming to town 2 weeks ago and I was hopeful it would be released
locally so I could treat him. Alas, it came out at the Clearview Cinema 1 week
Ten minutes into the movie, the President drives to an open field with his
4th or 5th cousin (Laura Linney) without any security...park...and he gets a
handjob. I almost fell over. Talk about ruining a movie.
I have no idea if this movie was based on a true story or not. I suspect in
parts it was. So here we have an iconic President, FDR, in now his 3rd
term. Fully feeling the effects of polio, he has no use of his legs. Yet
his mind is sharp, personality larger than life and plenty of political wisdom.
Movie revolves around 1 weekend at their Hyde Park home hosting the King
and Queen of England, just prior to WWII in an effort to get to know their
inevitable war allies.
Nicely casted and clearly one is taken back to that era and supported by a
very good sound track, this movie could have worked. Murray's interplay
with the King of England is most engaging. The roles of the 2 strong woman
in FDR's life (Mother and wife Eleanor) are fun to watch as FDR is at times
Presidential and at other times the controlled one.
Anyway, disappointing, could of been great film. Bill Murray was set up to
have the role of his life (they fantastically aged him for this movie including
both his teeth and fingers). His personality fit that the President very nicely.
But his field of ladies, his lite incest, and not enough screen time, makes this
movie quite forgettable and, yes, disappointing.