This film focuses around a love affair between Franklin D Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney), on the eve of the most historic visit in the United States history. Will this love affair shake up the world or will it help Franklin get the respect he needs from the English Monarchs?
Less than three months before World War 2 broke out a historic meeting between Franklin D Roosevelt and the English Monarchs King George VI “Bertie” (Samuel West) and his wife Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) occurred at Franklin’s country estate in Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt hoped that this meeting with the United Kingdom would gain American support on the eve of World War 2. But his love affair became obvious to everyone including the English Royalty.
Buying houses and impressing girls is what Franklin does when his mind is not set on our country’s biggest problems. With the world on the brink of World War 2 and his country dealing with its greatest depression Roosevelt turns to a familiar face to help him through these trying times. By his mothers’ (Mrs. Roosevelt – Elizabeth Wilson) doing, she contacts Margaret Suckley, a fifth cousin of theirs, to come visit Franklin and help him through these stressful times. The relationship strengthens over time and becomes a necessity to them both, even with the awareness of the others, including his wife Eleanor Roosevelt (Olivia Williams) and his other mistress Missy (Elizabeth Marvel).
The director Roger Michell did an excellent job portraying the historical facts needed to keep the story intact. His accuracy with the personalities of the King and Queen of England was done very well and compared to those same personalities done on the film “The King’s Speech”. His work with Franklin along with the other characters helped color what things were like prior to World War 2. The relationship between Franklin and Margaret was presented well and Roger even showed the reactions well from the other women of his life.
This is a very informative feature that displays the behind the scenes love life of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the craziness surrounding this forbidden but excepted life style. This film also does an excellent job combining a forbidden love affair with historical events that surround them. They do a fantastic job keeping with the historical personalities and providing wonderful comedy references to odd situations. It is definitely a love affair for the ages.
Final Grade: I give this a C for its keeping with historical personalities and informative events.
Cast: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Olivia Coleman, Samuel West, Elizabeth Wilson, and Elizabeth Marvel
Director: Roger Michell
Writer: Richard Nelson
Runtime: 94 minutes (1 hour and 34 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated R for brief sexuality.
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, and History.
Production Company: Focus Features, and Daybreak Pictures.
Release Date: January 4th, 2013