Hyde Park On Hudson

Reviewed by Lily M

In June 1939 before WWII, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson in upstate New York. The visit is a first-ever for a reigning English monarch to America. The Royal visit is to seek support from FDR as Britain is facing an imminent war with Germany.

Bill Murray’s performance as Franklin Delano Roosevelt is charming, smart, natural and poignant. Unfortunately, the film itself is not interesting with a very thin story.

It would have been a great movie if the character is a nobody in the 1930’s. However, they took a very interesting turning point in British and American relations just before WWII and made it more about the affair of FDR with his cousin Daisy, who narrated most of the film.

It’s never a bad movie, but it not a good one either. Part of the problem is the film is about two very different things: the president’s affair with his distant cousin Daisy and the King and Queen of England’s visit.

Despite the good performance by Bill Murray as FDR and good camera work, Hyde Park on Hudson didn’t work, mainly because the way it tells its story just not interesting.

Other than the performance of Bill Murray, this movie is not worth watching in a theatre. This should have been made as a movie for TV.

Bill Murray played FDR, Laura Linney as Daisy FDR’s cousin and Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt.

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5 Responses to Hyde Park On Hudson

  1. Dolly M. says:

    I don’t understand why critics did not like this movie, I liked it. Well acted and great story.

  2. Patty says:

    This film is an interesting look at the personality and humanity of FDR. There is not a bad performance in it including Bill Murray and Laura Linney and they are worthy of praise.

  3. Willy H says:

    Hyde Park on Hudson is a decent movie with pretty solid acting but it fills incomplete. I could not gather if the main idea was to show us a different side of FDR or to give us a glimpse at the process of restoring Anglo-American relations.

  4. Sal says:

    It is shocking this movie is getting such terrible reviews. I loved it! Felt like a sequel to The King’s Speech and was historically fascinating. Maybe people didn’t like how it ended or something.

  5. Roseane says:

    I have sen the movie and I don’t understand why critics didn’t like it. I liked it, it is funny and very well acted. Bill Murray did a fine job.

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