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.
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.
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.