Friday, December 14, 2012
Hyde Park on Hudson
Bill Murray as FDR? That's all I needed to hear. Count me in.
Murray plays the 32nd President of the United States during the Great Depression, and this is the story of his extracurricular activities, particularly with his distant cousin, played by Laura Linney. Like 'Hitchcock', rather than a biopic, this is more like a historical tell-all smear, if you will. It certainly has the look and feel of an Oscar Best Picture nominee (and even features King George VI, a.k.a. Bertie, the focal character from Oscar Best Picture winner 'The King's Speech') but despite having all the right ingredients, it certainly doesn't deserve a nomination. Frankly, it's one of the bigger disappointments of the year, at least relative to my hopes. It's not terrible, but it never really reaches any memorable moments. Call it this year's 'J. Edgar' or 'The Iron Lady' or 'My Week with Marilyn'. (Is it just me or are all these highly anticipated semi-biopics disappointing?)