Though the film mostly fails at juggling two separate story lines, and bewilderingly lets us know that FDR enjoyed getting hand jobs from his 6th cousin, I still mostly liked Hyde Park on the Hudson, I must say. When the story focuses on international relations, it mostly works; when it focuses on personal relations, it mostly doesn't. Nonetheless, the costuming, production design, and cinematography earn top marks, and the performances are rather good too. But this is an odd one, no doubt about it.
I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.
The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…
This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.
I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…