FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS REVIEWED
“Florence Foster Jenkins” is a biopic about one of my favorite oddities of Americana. The wealthy Jenkins was born shortly after the Civil War. While America changed, she used her wealth and status to pursue a dream of being a major singer. Unfortunately, she was terrible. The film focuses on Jenkins’ efforts to book Carnegie Hall in 1944. Her husband tries his best to get her ready for the show, but how can you polish a turd?
Meryl Streep is getting awards attention because her flexibility and fun with the role. That being said, this is lesser Streep. Helen Mirren or even Susan Sarandon could’ve done this role standing on their heads. While Hugh Grant and others come out of this film smelling like roses, it just felt beneath Streep. I enjoy Stephen Frears’ direction, but throughout the movie I was left perplexed. When the Jenkins story is brought up in terms of Americana and music history, it’s always seen as an early 20th Century goof. There’s nothing in the film that raises the bar past that point.
- Deleted Scenes
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 12/13/16
- Video - 94%94%
- Audio - 92%92%
- Supplemental Material - 93%93%
- Film Score - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her husband and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.