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There are some interesting moments, but this account of British royalty in America leaves too much unexplored

Hyde Park on Hudson is a lavish but drowsy and underpowered movie that never quite clicks into gear: it's like a midsummer weekend's comedy with all the comedy removed, leaving behind a weirdly oppressive sense of inactivity and discomfort. Of course, this might well be a faithful approximation of the real event it describes. But it's odd all the same.

The subject is a visit made in 1939 to Us President Franklin D Roosevelt, at his country retreat in upstate New York, by Britain's nervous new King and Queen, Bertie and Elizabeth, hoping to secure American support for the imminent battle with Hitler. They are played by Samuel West and Olivia Colman, and Fdr is genially, if casually impersonated by Bill Murray, who looks the part but is sorely lacking the sharp material that »

- Peter Bradshaw

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