Fifth about The Seventh

Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster JenkinsFlorence Foster Jenkins: Stephen Frears’s choice to use the comedic key is a disservice to the story being told, as it exposes the main character to ridicule without allowing for much emotional connection. Thankfully, Meryl Streep avoids the simple buffoonery and brings some welcome nuances to the title character (additionally, her capacity to sing badly must be commended); Hugh Grant is pure sleazy charm, but somehow also earnest. Simon Helberg is dealt a poor hand, being used mostly to escalate the comedy. Danny Cohen’s camerawork captures the (excessively, but nice-looking nevertheless) pristine production design of Alan MacDonald.

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