Hyde Park on Hudson

  • 12
  • Roger Michell (2012)
  • US / UK
  • 90 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Set shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, director Roger Michell's film feels like it should have been made not long after, when audiences might have been slightly more surprised at the notion that an American president had a lover (or two), and more amused by the discomfort of British royalty confronted with the prospect of eating something called "hot dogs". The film is based on the private letters and journals of Margaret Suckley, aka Daisy (Laura Linney), a distant cousin of Franklin D Roosevelt (Bill Murray), with whom she had a close relationship - though the film remains a little coy about just how close. The story centres on a visit by King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) to FDR's eponymous New York estate. It is as sweet and charming as it could be with a protagonist who is a serial philanderer. Murray is very mannered, which works, but the usually excellent Linney is strangely bland. Some details strike a chord, such as photographers who keep their cameras down as FDR, who was crippled with polio, is carried to his car. But it feels as if the film-makers have taken a great moment in history and, by attempting to examine the human element behind it, have lost sight of it. The result is a drama that is inoffensive and insubstantial.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama based on a true story, starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman and Samuel West. In 1939 as the Second World War looms, King George Vl and Queen Elizabeth visit the family estate of US President Franklin D Roosevelt in a bid to cement the special relationship. But FDR is distracted by his ongoing love affair with his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley.

Cast and crew

Cast

Franklin D Roosevelt, "FDR"
Bill Murray
Margaret Suckley, Daisy
Laura Linney
King George Vl, Bertie
Samuel West
Queen Elizabeth
Olivia Colman
Marguerite LeHand, Missy
Elizabeth Marvel
Mrs Sara Ann Roosevelt
Elizabeth Wilson
Mrs Woodbury Langdon, Daisy's aunt
Eleanor Bron
Eleanor Roosevelt
Olivia Williams
Tommy
Martin McDougall

Crew

Director
Roger Michell

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Swearing, a sex scene.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Feb 2013
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama