In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife 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 first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America.
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Hyde Park on Hudson was okay from a set design and period piece perspective, but despite starring Bill Murray as FDR its just kind of lacking and absent, despite the awkwardness involving cousins (and don't you dare say "but they were 5th cousins!") and hand-jobs.
I realize I'm falling for failed oscar bait here but I liked it. Bill Murray does a mean FDR. Mitchell's direction recalls Altman period pieces in its details. Why the hate? because it's an FDR movie that doesn't directly deal with the New Deal or WW2? The Clintonian portrait of FDR (he's to the democrats what Reagan is to republicans, in that they prefer to look at him through rose colored glasses). It's nice fluff.
Remarkably shallow, if beautifully designed, film about a weekend at Franklin D. Roosevelt's weekend retreat, where he hosted the King of England in the days before WWII, the very first visit of a British monarch to American soil. Told through the eyes of his mistress, HYDE PARK ON HUDSON is a mess of wonky characterization and underdeveloped personalities.
What the fucking fuck was this shit? If I wanted to see FDR get a handjob from his cousin I would have role played with my high school history teacher like he asked. Fuck you movie. You wasted both I and BIll Murray's time. You're on the list now of things I reference when comparing things to terminal diseases. "Oh yeah, I have stomach cancer. It's kinda like 'Hyde Park on Hudson' if I'm being honest."
It's not the bad and dull film everybody tells me about it, it's quite lovely and has some great scenes. There's just something missing...so it's kinda of disappointment of course, because of the cast and subject.
It's two films joined together in the worst possible way. The comedy of manners with FDR and the King & Queen of England is quite enjoyable (God bless Olivia Colman!), but the relationship drama with Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, and Elizabeth Marvel is God-awful, with career-worst work from nearly everyone involved.
I've seen this film three times now and am hopelessly in love with it. Eschewing historical accuracy, Hyde Park instead concocts a lightly comic revel that happens to feature historical characters. Lingering on fleeting moments in time that come to define the characters in unexpected ways, this film is a surprisingly moving portrait of life's little miracles. A gentle masterpiece.