Directed by Roger Michell (Morning Glory), with Academy Award nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney, Hyde Park on the Hudson is a light-hearted take at one of America's most loved presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Early in June the year of 1939, history's iconic leaders President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) prepares to host the stammering King (Samuel West) and his Queen (Olivia Colman) of England at their home at Hyde Park on Hudson in upstate New York. This dinner is not as simple as it looks. The royal couple are in fact looking for US's support as Britain faces imminent war with Germany. The story is told through Daisy (Laura Linney), Franklin's neighbour and friend, and tells of not just of the relationship between two great nations but also of love and friendship.
All this is done in a cheery comical manner at the expense of developing the full potential of each character by good actors at that. Just think Daisy invited over by Roosevelt's mother as a much needed distraction despite the presence of both his wife Eleanor and his secretary Missy (Elizabeth Marvel). Or the thought of the American hosts getting the Brits to have hot dogs at a picnic!
In all, we found that Hyde Park on the Hudson might prove a little too dry and tedious even for fans of the veteran actors or Roosevelt history buffs though the scenery's pretty to look at.