Hyde Park on Hudson

Posted on January 6, 2013


Hyde Park on Hudson – In order to help President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) take his mind off his job, his fifth, possibly sixth, cousin Daisy (Laura Linney) is called in to entertain him.  After some time of getting to know each other during long rides in the country, he gets her to discreetly give him a hand in releasing even more stress – know what I mean.  The remainder of the story revolves around a weekend King George IV (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) visited Hyde Park on Hudson, Roosevelt’s mother’s estate.  Their reason for being there is to get the US to become involved in the war. 

West is good as the stuttering king and Colman is the stiff upper-lipped queen trying to figure out why they’re being served hot dogs at a picnic.  Lots of dry British humor, lots of pretty scenery.  Apparently Roosevelt was a horrible driver, loved his whiskey, and had a tremendous sexual appetite – that must  be a requirement for being president. In addition to Daisy, he was being helped by his secretary Missy and another cousin, Lucy Mercer Rutherford.  And maybe even occasionally by Eleanor.   Linney is kind of wimpy here.  Murray is okay, but best performances are by the King and Queen.