Friday, October 14, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Director: Stephen Frears. Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson. 111 min. Rated PG-13. UK. Biography/Comedy/Drama.

The hard-to-believe funny/heartbreaking true story of the rich Florence Foster Jenkins, who in 1940s New York attempted to sing in the most reputable places ... with the most god-awful voice. Aside from beautiful production design, the movie is above all a triumph in casting: Big Bang Theory's Helberg is perfect as Jenkins' ultra-hesitant pianist, Hugh Grant walks the incredibly meandering tightrope of showing true love for his wife while enjoying her immense wealth, and the great Meryl Streep performs the impossible task of playing a character who's trying to sing good, but actually sings bad. Imagine pulling that one off.

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