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Florence Foster Jenkins

Opening Date
22 Sep 2016
111 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Biography, Comedy, Drama
Stephen Frears
Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Helberg
Directed by Stephan Frears (Philomena, The Queen), FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The film celebrated the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere. The voice Florence (Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew.
By Flora  22 Sep 2016
What ‘Florence Foster Jenkins' sets out to be is a light-hearted comedy that aims to entertain and hopefully inspires. 
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Florence Foster Jenkins almost hits all the right notes

Inspired by a real life socialite in the 1940s New York City, Florence Foster Jenkins, her inspirational story may not be an ideal talked-about discussion with your grandkids, but it’s one good ole reminder to never give up on your dreams and the fight for inner happiness. 

In Stephen Frears’ biopic, the terminally-ill socialite and music lover Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) genuinely believes that her musically-artistic talents include acting and classical singing. Everyone except the ‘singer’ thinks of her ear-splitting voice as nothing but horrendous, but stay on by her side to coach and support her because they either like her personality or her money. After all, there’s no harm going against this happy-go-lucky patient, right?

Her very mannered and supportive husband St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) and newfound nerdy accompanist Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg) backs her wilful decisions of being a singer and eventually holds a recital concert at the world’s famous Carnegie Hall for a general-admission performance, leading to her first public ridicule on stage. 

What may seem like a story of any a rich upper class socialite who enjoys the fame and glory, backed by bountiful amounts of almighty dollar, is actually a heartening narrative that entertains and inspires. This is to the credit of its appealing cast - especially having Streep to play the titular role. There’s nothing Streep can’t play- straining her voice to sing poorly intentionally is one out of the many reasons that makes us like the Jenkins character so much more. Look out for the entertaining bits when Jenkins tries out to belt out insane notes for the first time.

While the limelight goes to Streep, naturally, Helberg, from The Big Bang Theory series adds to its screwball comedy as the scrawny young misfit with dreams of his own. Grant, as usual, plays the indulgent and loving husband and manager who will do anything to keep haters at bay to make his ‘bunny’ happy.

What ‘Florence Foster Jenkins' sets out to be is a light-hearted comedy that aims to entertain and hopefully inspires. 
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