Hyde Park on Hudson
The film "Hyde Park on Hudson" delves into the complex private life of one of the United States' most revered presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The movie focuses on the perspective of Roosevelt's distant cousin, Daisy, who resides nearby the Roosevelts' private residence, which belongs to Roosevelt's mother, in Hyde Park, New York. Daisy and Franklin begin a fascinating relationship that highlights a popular president's private life through the eyes of a naive and star-struck relative. Hyde Park on Hudson takes place at a fascinating time historically for the United States. Much of the film focuses on the weekend of a highly important visit of Britain's King George and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, to Hyde Park to see Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, not long before World War II would break out in Europe. The King and Queen must make the difficult choice to ask the U.S. President for assistance in the upcoming war against Germany. The intricate dynamics between these famous characters of twentieth century history will play a significant role in the war that modern audiences know is soon to come. Hyde Park on Hudson features an outstanding cast, with Bill Murray playing Roosevelt and Laura Linney as Daisy, two masterful actors in some of their best film performances. Bill Murray has been nominated for a Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a musical or comedy for his performance as Roosevelt. The lush scenery of upstate New York, the depiction of the inner workings of the president's residence, and the insight into the relationships between foreign leaders, the press, and the public serve to highlight the unique moment in world history in which the film is set. The film manages to combine light comedy, the drama of human relationships, fascinating history, and an insider's look into the life of an American president, making it a must-see movie.