'Hyde Park' was worth the trip

Wednesday February 6, 2013

The Oscars are coming and I’ve been honing in on the movies. Drove into Great Barrington to see "Hyde Park on Hudson" as it sounded a good mix with "Lincoln." It was a ghastly night -- the roads were icy and traffic was crawling at 20 mph and the reviews had not been very good. I had talked Joanne and Jim Conroy, two very good (even better now) friends into going too. I had the momentary thought that this was a very dumb idea of mine but I love the movies.

The film is about the young king and queen, George VI and Elizabeth of England, and their visit to Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Hyde Park to ask for help from America in World War II. The visit includes the famous "hot dog" picnic. It is a charming film -- the story, the entire cast, the 1930s costumes and the beautiful details, but with more depth than I had expected. I’m not going to spoil with descriptions but there is a scene between FDR and the king.

I trust it will be at the Triplex for a few more weeks and I hope local movie-goers take my advice and go see it. I had another thought -- how would "Hyde Park on Hudson" and "Lincoln" have fared if Romney had won?





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