This past Thursday my sister Phyllis and I went to the movies to see a film with Meryl Streep a favorite actress of mine. And here is my review of the film without giving too much of the plot away.
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016 release; 110 min.) This is the latest movie from British director Stephen Frears. Here he brings to the big screen the strange happenings of New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (based on a true story), who generously supported the New York music scene, and fancied herself a darn good singer too. This movie is NOT a biopic, as we pick up the events in 1944, when she was already 76. Was Florence truly delusional into thinking herself being a great singer? or did she know all along, and simply played along (to bring some entertainment in dark times)? Watch as the movie unfolds! The production is helped immensely by the attention to details in the sets and costume department. A number of scenes take place in Carnegie Hall the US temple of classical music, and that too helps. But in the end the movie is powered forward by the outstanding performances of both Meryl Streep (who is really a wonderful singer) and Hugh Grant as her doting (?) husband. This can be considered a 'come-back' role for Hugh, as he's been mostly absent from the movies in the last 4-5 years. Clearly showing his age now, he still remains a joy to watch on the big screen. I found it funny and sad at the same time but a very good movie.
Until the next time dear friends and family, Have a lovely day ahead and be blessed.