Florence Foster Jenkins

Reviewed
Thu. 2/9/17
Florence Foster Jenkins
2
Acting
1.5
1.5/5
Morality
2
2/5
Music
1.5
1.5/5
Story
2
2/5
Visuals
4
4/5
Kernel Factor
1
1/5
This could have been the short film of the year. BUT it wasn't and it's not a short film
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Family
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Comedy
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

Just because Meryl Streep makes a movie doesn't mean we have to like it. In fact, her last several films have been dreadful to me. That being said, this looked like an interesting story because it was true, and I'm a sucker for historical nonfiction. But this should have been a short film. There was absolutely no substance, no progress, and barely any goodness to this film. In some ways the film did this intentionally, but then again, it almost used this to make you feel sorry for it - so that in some weird, twisted way we'd look at each other at the end and think "man that was weird and empty, but it will probably win an Oscar for no apparent reason." Yes, that is this film. Brutal. Not even worth renting.

Acting
It's really bad when I have to say that Hugh Grant was probably the best part of this film. There is absolutely NO character development and it hurts, deeply. It feels like they filmed this over a long weekend because of how one-dimensional the characters are. Brutal.
Morality
Florence's husband has a girlfriend that she knows about, yet it's not glorified. Her singing is pitiful but the fact that her husband tries to hide it and allows her to live her dream of singing is both twisted and yet sweet at the same time.  
Music
It was funny for like 5-seconds and then it was just weird and annoying and repetitive. 
Story
Good idea in theory and interesting that it's based on a true story, but it should have been a short film. There's no reason for this current script to have ever become a feature. Just because you got Meryl doesn't mean it should be a feature.
Visuals
Beautiful scenes. Probably because they knew they had to and probably because the film was trying so hard to make itself a Golden Globe winner. You can literally sense them trying to do that, and the award shows actually bought into it. Sick. 
Kernel Factor
It's boring. It goes nowhere. And it leaves you semi-disheartened about life (since people's judgment of you can be silenced via $$, you can suck at things, and you can have those around you who love you even lie to your face about your ability).

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