VA Film Festival Preview: Hyde Park On Hudson

Posted on October 23, 2012 by


Bill Murray gives, what critics are hailing as, an Oscar-worthy performance as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in Hyde Park On Hudson.

Bill Murray as FDR
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray) hosts a weekend at his beautiful estate in Hyde Park, NY for King George VI of England and wife, Queen Elizabeth, marking the first U.S. visit by a reigning British monarch. Directed by Roger Michell, the film delves into the personal and political life of FDR as his relationship with his distant cousin, Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney) turns into a love affair just months before the start of WWII.

The setting of the lovely Hudson Valley in New York is nothing short of stunning with natural beauty as far as the eye can see. The President, known for his relate-ability  is portrayed in stark contrast to the stoic King, yet we see different perspectives of both men, all from the eyes of Suckley (Linney), as the film is based off of her diaries and letters. With hopes to gain allies for the impending war, Roosevelt opens his doors and charms the Royal couple as well as the film audience.

Hyde Park on Hudson Movie Poster

The Virginia Film Festival presents Hyde Park On Hudson at Newcomb Hall Theater, Saturday, November 3rd, at 6:15pm. Get your tickets!