FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

PG-13

Take earplugs if you plan to see “Florence Foster Jenkins.” The film is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, (Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep), American socialite, philanthropist and amateur operatic soprano who was known and ridiculed for her lack of rhythm, pitch, and tone, her aberrant pronunciation, and her generally abominable singing ability.

As always, Streep is phenomenal as Jenkins. She has an excellent singing voice and trained as an operatic singer. For her to sing SO off key is amazing if not ear shattering.

Her husband, St. Clair Bayfield is played superbly by Hugh Grant. I will not be at all surprised if he is nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category his performance is so excellent.

Emmy winner Simon Helberg plays Cosme McMoon. Many will recognize Helberg who is known for his role as Howard on “The Big Bang Theory.” Helberg provides the comic relief and is wonderful. I expect that he may also be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor: his emotions are written all over his face and most were hysterical.

The sets were beautiful and the costumes were great.

The screenplay was written by British writer Nicholas Martin who is known for his writing on “Midsomer Murders” on television. You can see the program on Friday nights on PBS.

“Florence Foster Jenkins” was directed by experienced British Director Stephen Frears.

This is the second movie about Florence Foster Jenkins in a year. The French film, “Marguerite,” based on the life of Jenkins, was released in May 2015 was much more realistic and tragic.

Bittersweet is the word that best describes this drama. If you want to see great acting and horrendous singing I urge you to go see this film.

“Florence Foster Jenkins” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.

This is a big week for movies. “Sausage Party” comes out Friday and this is undoubtedly the most vulgar movie I have ever seen on the screen. It is pornography in cartoon form. Also coming out is “Pete’s Dragon” a delightful Disney film for the whole family that will be showing at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and Dougherty’s Jerseyville Stadium Theatre. My reviews of “Sausage Party” and “Pete’s Dragon” will be available on my website, mlcwriter.com on Friday.