Tuesday, 17 May 2016

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS


The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. —IMDB

FLORENCE FOSTER JERKINS is the subject of two different movies showing in cinemas at the moment. The other one is a French film called Marguerite which departs somewhat from the historical facts. FLORENCE FOSTER JERKINS is a UK/France coproduction which provides a simplistic exposition of this completely deluded woman. What’s so intriguing is the way in which her husband and the society she moved in supported her delusion that she was a great singer. The story is entertaining on one level. But overall it is excessively comedic and superficial. Meryl Streep does a reasonable job singing badly. Hugh Grant puts in a surprisingly good turn and the supporting cast is ok. Overall, flat entertainment for the undemanding viewer.


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