PLOT- Heiress, Florence Foster Jenkins ( Meryl Streep), is a strong patron of the arts, living in New York City in the 1940's. Jenkins has a deep appreciation and passion for music. Despite a lack of talent, she hires a vocal coach and pianist, with aspirations to sing opera in front of an audience. Weakened from a long battle with syphilis that she contracted from her first husband, Jenkins decides it's time to realize her dream, and she books Carnegie Hall for her performance, leaving her loved ones feeling torn between supporting her and trying to stop her from what is sure to be utter humiliation.
LIKE- Florence Foster Jenkins is an uplifting, feel-good, inspiring film. It's a quirky true-story, that was unfamiliar to me. I was fascinated and couldn't help but get on the computer to learn more about Jenkins.
I'm a big Meryl Streep fan and as usual, she does not disappoint. Hugh Grant gives a solid performance as Jenkins' husband. However, two of the supporting characters are the real stand-outs in this film. Simon Helberg plays Cosme McMoon, a young pianist hired to accompany Jenkins. Helberg provides much of the humor in the film, as we see the insanity that is Jenkins' high-society life, through his eyes. He pulls some great expressions. Also wonderful, is Nina Arianda, playing Agnes Stark, a less-than-sophisticated new wife of a fellow music patron. Her character's bold personality is memorable.
DISLIKE- The tone of the film occasionally becomes a tad saccharine.
RECOMMEND- Yes. If you're a fan of Streep, this is a must. Florence Foster Jenkins is a good pick if you're looking for an inspirational biography about daring to dream big. I walked out of the theatre with a smile on my face.