Friday, November 27, 2020

Hyde Park on Hudson – Movie Review

Coronado Village Theatre is now playing Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson. A historical drama capturing President FDR at a tumultuous time in America’s history, the film captures the intricacies and pressures of being a national leader both in the public eye and private, personal sphere. In the early summer of 1939 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt estate at Hyde Park on Hudson. Drama fills the fated weekend, marked by the ominous full moon, with Britain facing an imminent war and seeking America as an ally. The weekend also involves the complicated relationships between FDR and his mistresses making the weekend one to remember.

Bill Murray’s performance captivates the audience and exudes the charming character of FDR. As an audience member, you cannot help but easily fall victim to his beguiling character, just like his mistresses. The cinematography captures breathtaking images of the enchanting rural surroundings of upstate New York. A fellow movie-goer mentioned, “The movie was excellent. I really loved Billy Murray and Laura Linney’s performances.”

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The movie accomplishes many narratives—one offering a unique look into the difficulties of ruling a country through the eyes of a leader with polio and a leader with a stutter. Despite these alarmingly obvious “weaknesses” the movie shows how these leaders draw their strength to overcome public and private scrutiny. Flecked with comedic moments, Hyde Park on Hudson is engaging and real. For movie times click here.


Time: 135 minutes

Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams

Greer Goebels

Online Editor, Intern

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