Wednesday, April 3 2013, 06:15 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Hyde Park on Hudson
Hyde Park on Hudson
Genre: Drama, Biography, Comedy
Street Date: April 9, 2013
Available On: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo
The Film: The affair between FDR (Bill Murray) and distant relative Margaret Suckley (Laura Linney) set against the backdrop of the 1939 weekend when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
The Extras: Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary with Director Roger Mitchell and Producer Kevin Loader, “A Look Inside Hyde Park on Hudson” and “First Days” Featurettes
Recommendation: On paper the combination of Bill Murray’s charisma and Laura Linney’s talent made “Hyde Park on Hudson” an instant award-favorite film. In actuality it proved to be uneven as Linney was given too little to do and Murray’s charm only proved a diversion from the sad truth that the film was superficial and underwhelming. It doesn’t help that many question the accuracy of the story, but even a finely fabricated lie can make for a fantastic film if it is told properly (“My Week with Marilyn” may or may not be true; it’s still a wonderful film). I did enjoy the scenes where the British Royalty were forced to set aside their pomp and circumstance in the name of foreign relations. Sadly a handful of scenes can’t save an otherwise mundane film.
-Ryan Michael Painter