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Our review of Hyde Park on Hudson:
KRISTIAN: “Hyde Park on Hudson”…a new movie about FDR that focuses on his exploits in upstate New York. And man was I unprepared for what exactly those activities included…Bill Murray plays the legendary president, and I felt like he gave a worthy yet reserved performance. While he is obviously portraying a historical figure, it was odd to see this comedy giant on screen be so, well, un-Murray like. Laura Linney is fine as the distant cousin, and this is where the story got weird for me. FDR had women on the side! And one of them was his cousin! Breaking news for me, and despite this I can’t say that this is the movie to see if you’re an FDR buff. It’s slow, frequently to the point of boredom (except, you know…when the president is getting, umm, pleasured in his car. Did NOT see that one coming. Pun intended.); other than some of the King of England/FDR interactions I felt like this movie was little more than a silly soap opera.
SCORE: 2.5/5 SCHMOES
MARK: When you think Bill Murray, his legendary characters like Carl Spackler, Peter Venkman and Big Ern McCracken come to mind. Well, add FDR to that list…he plays the former president in the new film “Hyde Park on Hudson”. Speaking of FDR, when he comes to mind you may think of the New Deal, fireside chats, or World War II. Well, add cassanova to that list: Murray gives an excellent portrayal of a man who, as the leader of the free world, occasionally borrowed the services of young women to relieve his presidential stress. His realtionsip with Laura Linney is the focus of this piece, as they become intimate and it is with her help that he manages a weekend when the royal family of England comes to town. This is a slow, niche film, but Murray delivers an award-caliber performance and for the right crowd, this is a worthy investment.
SCORE: 3.5/5 SCHMOES