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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

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The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

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The inspiring true story of the world's worst singer.


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The scene in Carnergie Hall was actually shot in the Hammersmith Apollo with around 300 extras. See more »

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St Clair Bayfield and Kathleen are in a bar/restaurant after the golfing weekend. He has a cigarette in his left hand. Sometimes it is close to his face and sometimes in his lap. See more »

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★★★★ - moving and melancholic
7 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie, in my opinion, is mislabeled. The trailers would lead you to believe it's a hilarious comedy about an old crazy woman who dreams of being a singer despite being tone-deaf. There are elements of that, of course, but it has much more to it than just that.

Don't get me wrong, there are a fair few funny moments, especially the first time we hear Jenkins screeching wildly, and watching McMoon desperately contain his laughter. These successes are partially due to Nicholas Martin's organic and genuine screenplay, but mostly down to great casting (apart from some of the terrible secondary characters!). Simon Helberg is fantastic as the competent and camp young pianist, and Hugh Grant gives his best performance in years as Jenkins' devoted husband. But the movie belongs to Meryl Streep, who once again proves that nothing is beyond her. Each word she smoothly speaks, or screechingly screams, feels like her own as she embodies "the world's worst singer".

Technically, the movie is impressive too. The 1940s mis-en-scene is brilliant, from the outrageous outfits to the elegant decor and old-fashioned automobiles that inhabit wartime New York. Cohen's cinematography and Bonelli's editing keep the film moving (physically and emotionally), but Stephen Frears is the true genius, taking a story which could have been boring and turning it into something engaging.

As with Philomena, Frears has taken a sad, gentle, tender story and made it surprisingly feel-good, fun and enjoyable without shying away from the melancholy.

4/5


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