[2nd time] Surely grew on me. Despite being purely an Oscar-baity film, it can't be denied that it's a witty and overly pleasant film. Great from a visual and technical point of view. I particulary loved the designs of the opening and closing credits. Grant was really good, finding humanity in what could've possibly been a mere parasite in the hands of another actor. Queen Meryl was OTT, but in the best possible way.
This is Hugh Grant's show and he makes every minute of it worth it but there needed to be more substance to Florence's story than what was shown here for it to be a homerun. Streep was good and I cannot imagine anyone more perfect for the part but it was underwritten to say the least. And Helberg was a great surprise. In the long list of Stephen Frears hits and misses, I might check this as a hit.
Like the old joke goes: Q: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? A: Inherited Wealth! Look, it is what it is, but Hugh Grant steals the film, giving a sensitive performance of a complex man managing complicated affairs with simple goals - so interesting to see the old fop grow into a character actor (see also 'Cloud Atlas'). Suggestion: if anyone wants to make a Patrick McGoohan biopic, he's a shoo-in.
3/10. A likeable woman wants nothing more to sing but has no talent. Her closest friends tell her she sounds great. She performs in public and literally dies when she gets a bad review. If you think that sounds funny, it isn't funny for the reasons you'd expect. The film fails to find an interesting moral dilemma, when one seems to be in plain sight. Charming performances hamstrung by one-dimensional material.