Movie: Florence Foster Jenkins

A rare evening at the GFT to watch Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins.

movieThe movie is the true story of a New York heiress in the 1940s who supported the arts and has a dream of being a great singer.  However, Florence can’t sing.  She has passion and love of music and those around her simply don’t tell her how bad she is. 

At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield, managed to protect Florence from the truth by manipulating the audience and press. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair can’t keep the true reviews from her. 

It is also worth mentioning, Simon Helberg‘s performance as pianist Cosme McMoon who steals many of the scenes in this film.  It is difficult not to see him as his character from The Big Bang Theory but he is fantastic in this film.  This movie is both hilarious and moving.  The relationships appear eccentric and self-serving but towards the end we see just how devoted St Clair is to Florence and that her audiences do care for the vulnerability she puts forward.  A lovely and very funny movie.

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