It's 1939, and while FDR is preparing to host the King and Queen of England at his New York home, he makes time for a new mistress.
Bill Murray does a good job underplaying FDR, making him very cheerful and down-to-earth, while also a very bad husband. Laura Linney plays Daisy, the mistress. She's dishwater-dull and completely without appeal, but FDR, apparently, liked her a lot. The royals are portrayed as dimwitted snobs who take great offense at having to attend a picnic and eat hot dogs. Nothing much happens and then it's over.
The tone of the movie is unremittingly low-key and I waited, in vain, for something interesting to happen. Although the King was there to enlist American support for WWII, the focus is on the dreary, mousy, and quite clueless mistress. It's inconsequential and only mildly entertaining.
'Hyde Park On The Hudson' is the story of a love affaire between FDR (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley (Laura Linney) centered around the weekend in 1939 when King George V1 aka Bertie (Samuel West) and his wife, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Coleman) came to visit. … more