Florence Foster Jenkins - Standing Ovation
| Stephen Frears and Meryl Streep take the story of real life socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins, and make it into a tribute to the beauty in life. Her story as presented here, all polished and glossy and seen through rose coloured glasses, is about overcoming adversity and being who you are. Frears' expert direction and Streep's endless talent, craft a spot on hilariously loving comedy which is sure to please anyone who sees it.
Mocked for her horrible singing in real life, Streep's Jenkins is a symbol of endless joy and living life to its fullest. Yes she sings terribly. Streep manages the difficult task of creating a truly awful sounding singing voice and doing it in a way that is irresistible and truly funny. It's also inspiring.
Florence Foster Jenkins has been imagined as an inspiration story. She is dying. She can't sing but loves to more than anything. So she does it. And she is cheered and celebrated for it. Perhaps real life wasn't quite so kind to her pipes but in this version you can't help but cheer her on.
Jenkins is truly great in its moments between Streep and Grant who plays her husband. The film shows us that he is having another relationship with another woman he loves, but never lets us think he isn't completely devoted to Jenkins as well. I don't know what their relationship was like in real life, but their relationship here is one of true love.
While it's all a little slick, and like her singing may not be pitch perfect, like her singing you love it anyway. I dare you to walk out of this film without a smile on your face.