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Florence Foster Jenkins is a true story about a wealthy socialite New York heiress who attempts to become an opera singer despite having no voice to be an opera singer. She is the William Hung (from American Idol infamy) of her days. She is very determined to do what she loves, singing albeit with dreadful voice and has no talent. Like William Hung and the Kardashians, she is famous for being famous.
Florence is a wealthy heiress and because of her wealth people around her starting with her husband and well known conductor Arturo Toscanini are enablers and tolerating her attempts to become a singer despite having no talent or voice of an opera singer. These enablers are employed as yes men expecting a hefty inheritance from the clueless lady. It is hard to believe Florence Jenkins was a real person.
Meryl Streep as Florence Jenkins is on her best playing a character; she excels very well and most of the time disappears behind the role portraying characters as Julia Child and her Oscar winning portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. The movie is funny and sad at the same time; it is sad to watch a clueless woman taking advantage because of her wealth.
Florence Foster Jenkins although slow on some spots is a welcome respite from the typical big budget summer movie. It is funny, witty and Meryl Streep did a convincing performance as a clueless opera singer without the talent. Supporting cast also did wonderful jobs; Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg are very convincing as enablers.
It stars Meryl Streep as Florence Jenkins, Hugh Grant as the husband St Clair Bayfield, Simon Helberg as pianist Cosme McMoon and Rebecca Ferguson as Kathleen. Directed by Stephen Frears from the writing of Nicholas Martin.
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