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January 15, 2013

CALLERI: Movie about FDR delivers the cringe factor

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There are some things that I liked about “Hyde Park On Hudson.” It looks wonderful thanks to beautiful cinematography from Lol Crawley and nice production values. Olivia Williams as a sarcastic and independent Eleanor, and Elizabeth Wilson as Roosevelt’s mother (giddily smitten with the Royals), are both delightful. There’s a wonderful comic scene wherein George VI (Samuel West) and Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), both of them quite good, see their shabby chic Hyde Park bedroom and discover framed cartoons on the wall from the 1700s depicting British Redcoats being routed.

Director Roger Michell, a South African who lives in Great Britain and has made one stand-out film out of ten (“Notting Hill”), has crafted a picture that lacks common sense and perspective. Richard Nelson, an American, has written a weak script filled with double entendres if you want to fully analyze the mildly amusing words being spoken.

As history, “Hyde Park On Hudson” is a fractured tale of whimsy that cloys because of the sexual undertones. I’ll let you discover, if you wish, whether or not George and Elizabeth eat their hot dogs.

 

 

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at moviecolumn@gmail.com.

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