Movie Reviews: Hype Park on Hudson

Think country getaway, quaint cocktails and barbecues.

You'd never think I'm describing what might have been a situation of political importance.

Based on the King of England's 1939 visit to the US with his wife, Queen Elizabeth, Hyde Park On Hudson managed to turn a meeting of the world's superpowers into a lightweight comedy.

Bill Murray stars as the polio-ridden President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), with Laura Linney as his mousy mistress Daisy.

While entertaining, the famous scene where their royal majesties were served hotdogs was less than two minutes long, whereas FDR's liaisons with Daisy takes centrestage.

Linney's bland portrayal of the weak-willed Daisy didn't endear me to the film.

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