The Movie Guy reviews: Florence Foster Jenkins

 Moviegoers are going to be highly pleased with the latest film by award-winning actress Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins. This movie is delightful, vibrant, funny and fascinating. Meryl Streep reproduces the person and character of Mrs. Jenkins a prominent New York socialite who was a very talented pianist in her youth. She in later years has a desire to become an acclaimed opera singer, but she is lacking in skill or refinement on this endeavor and unable to grasp pitch, rhythm or hold notes create problems. Many of her friends and associates as well as acquaintances in the cultural community are hesitate to criticize due to her monetary contributions and influence. She performs in private recitals for many of them, but seeks one day to perform in Carnegie Hall.

She is supported by her husband, St. Clair Bayfield played by Hugh Grant who loves her very much. He hires Carlo Edwards played by David Haig to coach Florence in becoming a better singer. However, Mr. Edwards he seems to be tickling her ears with unlimited praise for her talent. He also hires Cosme McMoon played by Simon Helberg as a piano accompanist who is ecstatic about being hired by this wealthy family until he learns of her lack of talent, and then he is highly amused. Simon’s performance in this role is over the top and brilliant as he is Hugh Grant’s partner in crime as they silence the naysayers. This performance is better than any who done it, or slap stick comedy.

The movie is an excellent choice for anyone seeking something original and lively something different from the usually summer and early fall showings.