A couple of months ago, I reviewed Simon Helberg’s We’ll Never Have Paris, which was utter trash and a waste of life, so although I love The Big Bang Theory and Howard Wolowitz, I definitely did not watch Florence Foster Jenkins because of Helberg! Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant were the ones who convinced me because you can never go wrong with Meryl Streep, and Hugh Grant is one of England’s best actors. But let me tell you something, despite his annoying way of talking, Simon Helberg was good!
Florence Foster Jenkins is about the heiress who always wanted to be a pianist and play Carnegie Hall but an injury deterred that dream, so she decides to start singing in order to get to the prestigious hall. Florence is a horrible singer but she thinks that, with practice, she will get phenomenal. She lives for music and enjoys her career while her husband St. Clair supports her so much and he does everything he can to hide the bad reviews in the papers and to make people stop making fun of her. Florence Foster Jenkins is a story based on the real Florence who was known for her flamboyant costumes and lack of singing abilities. Simon Helberg’s character Cosmé McMoon was Florence’s pianist who accompanied her everywhere. Florence is the worst opera singer in town but she is so kind and harmless and people love her.
Guys, this is such a cute movie! Every time I see that a movie is branded as a comedy, I get very skeptical because they’re usually so lame but this movie about Florence is good. It’s a movie about the big and twisted love Florence and her husband – who, by the way, has an affair – have for each other, it’s about dreams that one is willing to achieve no matter what and, it’s about a delusional woman who thought she could sing and she truly enjoyed and lived for music despite her age and weakness. Meryl Streep shows, once again, that she is one of the best actresses today and she was amazing in this movie, too. You can’t help but love her and feel sorry for Florence when you see her on the stage while everyone is laughing at her. Hugh Grant was also a good choice for the movie and it’s so clear that he fits into that 1940 era. Simon Helberg was good and there were no traces of Howard Wolfowitz for once, and I already hear about the Oscar buzz around his supporting role. His reactions to Florence’s voice will definitely crack you up. You be the judge. Thumbs up for the casting!
Florence Foster Jenkins is not overly dramatic or exaggerated so we get a nice classic film but I can’t help but think “So why was Florence so important for New York?” because there are maaaaaaany people who dream about becoming singers but can’t because they’re tone deaf. Maybe I don’t know the whole story about Florence Foster Jenkins but I failed to see a reason why they would make a movie about her. But that’s just me nitpicking as always… Overall, Florence Foster Jenkins is a warm and nice movie that everyone will enjoy. 1940s were gorgeous with the beautiful costumes, beautiful cars, and the significance of music and dance. Whereas the movie is enjoyable and sweet, it’s built around one thing: the fact that Florence can’t sing. They spend too much screen time showing us how she cannot sing and, eventually, you end up saying “okay, we get the point, she can’t sing!”. And I would love to know why Florence always carried her briefcase and what it contained but that’s never revealed. I’m going to give this nice comedy 3 out of 5 clapperboards because it is a decent movie about a fun personality, and I promise you that you’ll enjoy watching Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg together.