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Florence Foster Jenkins Movie Review

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This is actually a movie that I hadn’t heard much about, so I am really excited to give it a little bit of talk. I knew just about nothing about Florence Foster Jenkins going into it other than the cast, crew, and premise, and I’m glad I didn’t know much because it was fun to go into this movie and be a little bit unprepared. I always think it’s fun to go in with a clean slate. I think Meryl Streep is one of the best actresses of all time, and I don’t think I’ve seen many movies from her that I don’t like. I can’t name one that I have seriously disliked, and she is so talented and likable that it is difficult to not at least be on her side in a movie. With all that said, let’s talk about Florence Foster Jenkins!

Florence Foster Jenkins is directed by Stephen Frears and stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, and Rebecca Ferguson. After Florence Foster Jenkins, played by Meryl Streep, has garnered a huge name in the entertainment industry, she still dreams of becoming an opera singer. Unfortunately, she’s lacking one thing that most singers rely on to become household names: talent. Surrounded by loyal friends and partners, she might just be able to accomplish her dream.

I have to say that I wasn’t expecting to love this movie, but one thing I can say for sure is that it charmed the heck out of me. This is one of the sweetest and most charming movies I have seen this year, and a lot of it is due to Meryl Streep’s pure likeability and performance. I mean, she’s just so easy to watch and get behind that it was almost impossible to not smile at this movie. I have no other description that fits this film as well as just saying that it was full of pure charm. I also really like the way that the director, Stephen Frears, shot the movie with his use of colors and wide shots to draw out every last drop of laughter that he possibly can in almost every scene. The movie was really well-paced and felt like it transitioned so smoothly and at perfect times. I also have to mention the rest of the cast who I thought were very good as well. I thought that Hugh Grant did a fantastic job portraying a caretaker of Florence Foster Jenkins, and I thought that Simon Helberg was hilarious. Rebecca Ferguson also continues to do great work in films, and she is phenomenal dramatically in this film. I was completely on board with this character and her story, and while she was so easy to cheer for and get behind, she wasn’t forced upon the audience, and it is all topped off like a cherry on top by Meryl Streep’s amazing performance. Is that something I needed to say in this review? You expected that, right?

I had a couple of problems with this movie, and I think that my biggest problem was that every character feels like they have been amplified to be out of this world and extremely fruity. This movie feels very over the top, and that didn’t completely work for me because even though this is a biopic, I had a little bit of a hard time buying into the reality of the situation. I was completely behind the characters the entire time, but I couldn’t imagine this as a reality just because it is completely out of this world. My only other problem is that I didn’t buy into the love relationship between St. Clair, played by Hugh Grant, and Florence Foster Jenkins. They are married in the film, as well as real life, but I wasn’t sold on the relationship as a “marriage” relationship. The love was definitely there, and they both cared for each other so much, but I would have had a much easier time accepting St. Clair as a caretaker. As we have seen in movies and stories before, it is possible to have a moving relationship with characters who are not “in love.” I was sold on “love,” not “in love.”

Overall, I would definitely suggest checking out Florence Foster Jenkins because it is definitely one of the most charming films of the year so far. Meryl Streep gives another amazing performance, and the rest of the cast is very good as well. It has multiple good laughs, and the wide shots and coloration the director uses capture the story and time period so well. The movie is really well-paced, and though I don’t think you’re going to see this movie around during awards season, it will charm the heck out of you! I’m going to give Florence Foster Jenkins a 7/10.

Will you be checking out Florence Foster Jenkins when it is released on August 12? It is a movie I would definitely suggest checking out at any point in time! Also this week, I’m going to have reviews out for Star Trek Beyond, as well as a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice redux review coming later, so be sure to check those out! The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice redux review may or may not just have a little giveaway involved, so stick around for that! Also released this week are Lights Out and Ice Age: Collision Course, both with reviews that have been posted, so don’t miss out on those either! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

Images courtesy of Paramount Pictures/BBC Films

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm