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Hyde Park Brings History Out Of Hiding
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.