Florence Foster Jenkins


I wasn’t too sure about going to see this movie at first, mainly because I’m usually not a huge fan of movies set in the past. But, knowing that Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant star in it, and the fact that it’s gotten great reviews, really won me over. So, I went to see it today, and boy am I glad… what a touching story! Streep plays the titular character, Florence, based on the true story of her life. Back in 1944 in New York City, Jenkins was a very wealthy music enthusiast. Continuously donating her money to support the music community, she became very well known and eventually met her second husband St. Clair Bayfield, an aspiring actor (Hugh Grant). Florence’s love for music continues and she starts putting on her own performances, not realizing her lack of talent for singing. I gotta say, it takes an extremely talented actor to be able to act like someone with no talent. Meryl Streep did an unbelievably amazing job! The trailer is at the bottom of this post. 

Going on for decades singing badly in front of people she knows well, Bayfield was able to hide the truth from her. This movie shows that ignorance really is bliss… entirely unaware of her terrible voice, singing makes Florence simply radiant. Suffering from syphilis, Florence’s dying wish is to sing at the prestigious Carnage Hall. It’s up to her loving, devoted husband, co-performer (Cosmé McMoon played by Simon Helberg), and everyone else that loves her to protect her from the truth, as impossible as this may seem. In a beautiful movie about passion, loyalty and relationships, ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ did an amazing job portraying this story.

The relationship between Florence and her husband is so beautiful… Bayfield spends decades doing whatever he can to support his wife, through her challenging career as well as her health condition. Sticking by each other through thick and thin, their marriage is really inspirational to everyone. It takes a wonderfully talented group of professionals to pull off this great of a movie that does justice to the story behind it. So, I must say, Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Simon Helberg, as well as everyone else, definitely were the perfect choices! Stephen Frears, the director, (whose son has FD, and if you know me, you know what this means) did a brilliant job! 🙂

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