Chandler’s Trailers: “Hyde Park on Hudson” (2012)

    000hydepark    There are some films which require volumes to plumb the depths of meaning, the layers of artistry; while the quality (or lack thereof) of others is easily dissembled with the brevity of a footnote. “Hyde Park on Hudson” is of the latter variety, a film devised of such an incomprehensible level of badness one might best accompany the footnote with a covering heavy sock and an Odor Eater. In a move which prizes eccentricity (no matter how preposterously conceived) over fidelity to historical truth-  or even a modicum of dramatic logic  -Richard Nelson’s crazy quilt of a screenplay defines the figures involved in an important international meeting-  King George VI (the first sitting British monarch to visit the United States), Queen Elizabeth and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray proving that much, if not all of his reputation as a budding dramatic actor is the result of sycophantic groveling by late nite talk show hosts) -as caricature of editorial cartoon grotesques: either as limp-minded  emotionally feeble aristocrats or a sexually predatory Mama’s boy (FDR’s personality profile-  as presented  -rather resembles a Norman Bates with wheelchair and cigarette holder) who just happen to be the heads of state empowered to resist history’s greatest push to fascist rule.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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3 Responses to Chandler’s Trailers: “Hyde Park on Hudson” (2012)

  1. beetleypete says:

    I take it you didn’t think much of it then Chandler…
    Best wishes from England, Pete.

  2. tashpix says:

    I think it’s George VI, not George IV. 😉

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