#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In 1930s Hudson Valley, Margaret “Daisy” Suckley is reacquainted with her distant cousin, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to help him relax at his family estate. That aid soon develops into much more as they become lovers. That puts Daisy in a unique position as Roosevelt receives the King and Queen of Britain in 1939 for a visit. As the Royal couple copes with the President’s oddly plebeian arrangements, Daisy learns that there is far more to Roosevelt’s life than she realized. With the world about to be set ablaze by war, friendships are struck and perspectives are gained on that special weekend that would make all the difference with a great, but very human, president.
Plot: The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
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Mediocre costume drama that wanted to be so much more.
Hyde Park on Hudson is a film that wishes to be seriously esteemed and respected as a minor historical film account of a momentous occasion; but it never gives its audience a serious reason to do so. It isn’t a bad movie, it just never becomes the good one that it wants to be.
It (primarily) recounts the events of a weekend in June 1939 in upstate New York when the sitting — this wasn’t typed as a pun — US president Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray — Rushmore, Lost in Translation) welcomes the British King and Queen to his country estate. It was notable because a reigning British monarch had never visited America before and England was on the verge of war with Germany. Also in abundance at the estate — meddling women … be it mother, wife, secretary or mistress.
Laura Linney (Primal Fear, Kinsey) plays Daisy — a distant cousin to FDR — who is sent-for to help with FDR’s wandering mind and calm him. Over time (the film spans more than a weekend), they become rather close and form another type of kinship. The story is told through Daisy which means we hear lots of narration and are given many snippets of time passing before the weekend (to see them develop a relationship — which an audience never really does) until the monarchs arrive and it becomes ALL about the weekend.
There are plenty of decent moments in Hyde Park on Hudson including Murray as FDR and some wonderful shots of beautiful country landscapes. The film looks nice and the period detail will win some over; but the film fails to ever make a connection with Daisy. As the central character, the audience is given no real reason to want to follow her … why is she really even here? I don’t want to call her bland but the film gives us no reason to believe otherwise and absolutely no real reason as to why her and FDR forged their bond.
I appreciated the depictions of the King and Queen (this is the stuttering king Colin Firth won an Oscar for playing a few years ago and Olivia Colman is quite good as the uncomfortable queen) and their struggles with being in America such as their trying to fathom the “rage” about hot dogs.
Sadly, most of the rest of the film is empty — like the Hyde Park estate would be when FDR returned to Washington. This should have been so much more …
A LIttle Summer Music
Two noticeable aspects on this site – the paucity of reviews of this period piece film and the number of negative comments that seem to blanket the responses to this very quiet little recreation of a moment in history about which few may be aware. In many ways this film, as written by Richard Nelson and directed by Roger Michell, resembles a little European art film: the recreation of conditions in the USA in the post Depression era are remarkably apt and set a fine tenor for the story (including the musical score!). In the end this is a tale about how men in powerful places interrelate in moments of tension and how those same men have flaws both physical and in character that would weigh down ordinary fellows. But the story is about a particular summer in when Britain, on the brink of war with Hitler, visited America, hoping for Allied assistance in the war that was to become World War II.
The setting is the home away form the White House – Hyde Park on the Hudson, the home of FDR’s mother (Elizabeth Wilson) who still ruled the roost despite her son’s political role. FDR is enchantingly portrayed by Bill Murray who is able to show all sides of FDR’s personality – his response to being a victim of polio, his wisdom at running a country beaten down by the Depression, and his need for multiple liaisons with women. In one household we meet Missy (Elizabeth Marvel) who has been both secretary and lover of some time, Daisy (Laura Linney) who is FDR’s fifth cousin who enters the coterie because of her honesty and genuine affection for FDR, and we hear about ‘Mrs Rutherford’, yet another of FDR’s affairs, and of course there is the presence of Eleanor Roosevelt (a superb Olivia Williams). Though the film seems to want to emphasize the development and course of FDR’s affair with Daisy, the story gratefully focuses on the visit from The King and Queen of England – a first: Bertie (Samuel West) stutters his way into the favor of FDR while Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) tolerates her King- husband’s lack of social graces and holds a lifted nose to the crude Americans. The highlight of the film is a glorious scene of a conversation between Bertie and FDR regarding their personal physical embarrassments and their joint world views. In the end there is a picnic where all comes to resolution.
For this viewer the portrayal by Bill Murray was a revelation for this actor. His version of FDR is a fine blend of humor, vulnerability, pride overcoming his need to be carried everywhere because of his paralysis, and his genuine sense of kindness and caring for his people. If his flaw was promiscuity, given the times and the presence of the powerful and stand-alone wife, it is a minor one. Laura Linney’s Daisy is somewhat of a frump, kind and sensitive but clumsy, and has little to do except voice-over narration. But the rest of the cast is superb. This is a film that deserves a much wider audience than it has received.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Genre Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Director Roger Michell
Writer Richard Nelson
Actors Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West, Olivia Colman
Awards Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
Production Company Free Range Films, Daybreak Pictures Ltd. [us]
Sound Mix Datasat, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Company 3, London, UK (digital intermediate), DeLuxe, London, UK (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format SxS Pro
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), ProRes 4:4:4 (1080p/24) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema