“HYDE PARK ON HUDSON” looks quite good. Bill Murray as FDR? Yes, it works fabulously. It takes a great deal of confidence and talent for Mr. Murray to pull it off given he doesn’t look at all like the 32nd president of the United States. Of course, it’s not an impersonation but an interpretation which is always much more captivating. Well, thank goodness for Mr. Murray’s good taste and sense of purpose. He would not be swayed by the pleading from Dan Aykroyd to co-star in “Ghostbusters 3” and we’re all the better for it. “Hyde Park on Hudson” comes out December 7, 2012.
Producer/director Roger Michell teams with screenwriter Richard Nelson to adapt Nelson’s BBC radio play chronicling the extramarital affair between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin, Daisy (Laura Linney.) The affair comes to light during a royal visit from the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) to the Roosevelt’s upstate New York home in Hyde Park. As war engulfs Europe and the king seeks the support of the American president, President Roosevelt struggles to balance his domestic affairs with his international obligations as Commander-in-chief.