“Hyde Park On Hudson”

January 13th, 2013 at 1:31 pm by under A Look at the Movies

Three-StarRated R

1 hour 35 minutes

Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams

Did you know that President Franklin D. Roosevelt was quite the lady’s man at the family retreat called “Hyde Park On Hudson”?

Bill Murray puts himself in Oscar contention as the charming seducer who knew how to mix politics with pleasure.

“Hyde Park On Hudson” is based on the memoirs of his distant Cousin, played by Laura Linney, about how they became, how should we say, best friends.

In those days, reporters were too protective to write about presidential indiscretions.

But this Masterpiece theater style drama is mostly about the historic visit by the king and queen of England. Master politician and gracious host that he was, FDR showed compassion for the less than confident English monarch.

and when Cousin Daisy discovered she had to share FDR with his most private Secretary Missy, he defused potential jealousy with his usual personal diplomacy.

“Hyde Park On Hudson” will also treat you with the utmost dignity, If you’re a serious moviegoer.

All that wit and drama come together with enough historical perspective to earn “Hyde Park On Hudson” a very elegant 3 stars. And don’t forget, from start to finish It’s Bill Murray’s greatest acting triumph.

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