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Hyde Park on Hudson
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on September 1, 2016
Amazon did alright on the movie. No glitches or loading messages or lost signal. The movie on the other hand was not a real great piece of work and was disjointed and scattered. It tried to get too much into a rather shallow and obvious plot and limited time frame. The alternative would have been to make the most boring prime time one season soap opera imaginable. Watch a regular soap opera if you are so inclined or turn on something worthwhile like a cooking show or local high school band performance.
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on July 14, 2013
I've read all the points on the inaccuracy of the character relationships. Points well made.
However, I wish if the movie makers were going to ignore the real facts then why did they not take it further?There were so many opportunities to really let go.no, I am not talking about gratuitous sex scenes.
The best part of the movie ***spoiler alert*** was when the king and queen were speculating about Daisy, the secretary etc. a few more behind the scenes goings on would have brought some refreshing energy into this.
Bill Murray is so constrained. Where is the legendary FDR charisma? The humorous, the eloquent spokesman? And if he was infatuated with Daisy I could not find a reason why. I could see parts of the comic Bill Murray itching to come out.
FDR was a complex, man who despite his physical constraints was larger than life. Too bad this was an opportunity wasted.
I did like the portrayal of the king of England. He was endearing . It would be nice to think FDR did give him a father figure to relate to that helped his confidence. The wife, the queen:
She comes across as a prig that hates Americans, cannot really blame her since one American caused such problems for her and her husband.
I will read the book. If anything you get out of this movie is a thirst for more.
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on May 14, 2013
This is an interesting movie if you give it some time. Unfortunately it is burdened by a less than adequate performance by Bill Murray in the pivotal role of FDR. Murray is, of course, a master of dead pan comedy. But his attempts at drama illustrate his inability to portray a full range of human emotions. In this instance he fails to provide the character of FDR with the overwhelming charm and charisma which was the key to the development of the many relationships portrayed here. However, Laura Linney, one of America's best dramatic actresses, saves this film, providing her character with many subtle nuances that enrich the story. The film provides intriguing human insight into an important event in pre-World War II history, as well as the character of the president. It is worth suffering through Murray's weak performance.
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on April 27, 2013
Isn't interesting when we discover that some of our POTUS's have had multiple extra-marital affairs that Hollywood chooses to sublimely package the details as somehow acceptable? Be that as it may, whether this is revisionist history or based in truth, Hyde Park on Hudson is entertaining, engaging and very well trouped. Murray and Linney perform well together with their duet chemistry tending more toward the basic side of an acting pH scale. West and Coleman are understated as the King & Queen; kudos to Ellen Lewis/Gail Stevens for their casting choices. Some of the best scenes involve the interplay between Franklin and Bertie as they get to know each other and form a bond that was a proactive prescription for Allied victory in WWII. Somewhat disguised is the sub theme that handicapped individuals have the same basic needs as everyone; be they companionship, respect, inclusion or sexual gratification. Murray plays that theme out expertly and it is woven so tightly into the fabric of the film we scarcely take notice. Bravo Bill. As a period piece of cinema the production is extraordinary in the set, prop, costume and location departments. Much due diligence was executed for exact replication of everything of that time. Viewers will be illuminated to a part of history they may not have explored before. This film is a solid 4 stars out of 5, see it for what it really is: a painted portrait of the human side of some people we have heard of before and we loved them because, in the finally analysis, they were just like us.
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on May 10, 2013
I thought this film was very well done and enlightening. It's always hard to know in biopic's what's reality and what's the director's imagination, but in this case the picture that is painted is highly interesting and engaging, historical accuracy and faithfulness questions aside. Murray depicts FDR as a very human larger-than-life figure brought into sharp focus during the bits where an assistant carries him from place to place. This could be enormously humiliating for the average Joe, but Murray succeeds in capturing a whole host of reactions to this necessary inconvenience on the part of FDR: there is a whiff of humiliation (but just a whiff), more amusement, a good bit of lordliness and almost smugness. Really well done. There are a lot of remarkable aspects to the story depicted here, not the least of which is that the subject of FDR's physical restrictions are almost never dealt with directly although they are always present. It's almost as if his physical disability is a minor intrusion or inconvenience more than a life altering challenge. His very full life is awe-inspiring; his physical limitations did not stop him from achieving remarkable things, and although not at all the focus of the film, this reality gives one pause when pondering the meaning of the word "disability." The message is all the more powerful because that is not the focus of the film at all.
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on July 19, 2013
The death of F D R is an unforgettable date,if that was your era..i was standing in a chow line in germany,when the word filtered back...my teens were all spent during his terms,and his death was like a deeply felt loss of a close relative..we knew he was a mamas boy,lectured to and instructed by his mother,but we also knew he would never have attained his stature without her...we only learned later about his wheelchair feet of clay and his oft extra marital affairs...hey,he was like every other guy except he had iron leg braces and servants..plus he got away with it...this is a sweet likable film about this imperious man,making out like flynn,and the king of england coming for a visit to ask americas help...F D R gave him a hotdog,plus a promise of more..excellent flic for political buffs and a funny, charming, evnings movie..dont miss it
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on February 1, 2016
I was very disappointed with the story and the acting. These actors are better than what they gave here. The story was plodding and unlikable in every way. I had long looked forward to watching this and was bummed out. This movie should be given the Prime for members treatment.
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on June 20, 2017
We enjoyed this movie immensely. The fashions, the cars the ambiance and very good dialogue as well. Kept us riveted.
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on February 16, 2017
I love the tone of this movie and the photography, the acting was interesting also, with a lovely musical score throughout.
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on June 5, 2017
Surprisingly , Bill Murray does a good FDR in this charming alternate view of THE KING'S SPEECH.
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