Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Florence Foster Jenkins stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Simon Helberg. As you might have guessed, it tells the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, an elderly woman in New York that has loved music her whole life. She loves singing and does it frequently, despite unknowingly having a terrible voice. The plot centers more-so around her loved ones as they try to keep her dreams alive.
Meryl Streep is widely considered the best actress of the century, having been nominated for 19 Oscars since 1979. She turns basically any film she touches into one to pay attention to. But is Florence Foster Jenkins actually any good?
Florence Foster Jenkins is a really enjoyable film, however, it’s far from perfect. As expected, Meryl Streep once again gives a fantastic performance. That being said, it wasn’t really anything new. We’ve all seen Meryl Streep give amazing performances, and we’ve seen her be rewarded for them time and time again, deservedly so. However, this role didn’t really add much to her resume. This is a performance you’ve seen before, though that makes it no less impressive.
The biggest surprise this film had in store was the performance given by Simon Helberg, who you might recognize as Howard Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory. The performance from Helberg was one that was definitely unexpected. He quickly sheds the familiarity he’s gained from his sitcom persona and immerses himself in his character in Florence Foster Jenkins with ease. Hopefully, this film leads his career more in a film-driven direction, as he could really go far.
Florence Foster Jenkins features very significant changes in tone and emotion throughout the almost two-hour runtime. For the most part, the fluctuations are done subtly, however, it can be a bit jarring at times. One scene you’ll be laughing hysterically at the unfolding events, then all of a sudden the next scene brings you crashing down so hard that you almost fall out of your seat. An array of emotion felt during a film is typically a good thing, however, in this film, it feels processed. It's emotion for the sake of emotion, not because it fit with the direction of the storytelling.
When the film draws to a close, it does so quite abruptly. It feels like there are five to ten minutes missing from the conclusion. Those few minutes could have added a lot to the film. Instead of letting the audience see what effect the end had on the film’s characters, it just stops. It leaves you wondering “Is that it? There has to be more”, but there is no more to be had.
Florence Foster Jenkins is the type of film that you watch only once. You enjoy it, for the most part, while you’re watching it, but you won’t feel the need to watch it again anytime soon. Meryl Streep and Simon Helberg both gave very notable performances, and the film had plenty of depth to it, however, it feels as if something is missing. There should be more to this film than there is. I would still recommend seeing it, especially if you’re a Meryl Streep fan, but don’t expect it to be nominated for Best Picture.
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