Movie Review – Florence Foster Jenkins

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Meryl Streep was honored at the Golden Globes for a lifetime of great work, and she took the opportunity to condemn Mr. President,  for mocking a disabled reporter. You all must have watched Meryl Streep acceptance speech at Golden Globes last night, which has gone viral.. if not you should NOT miss it!

Meryl Streep is such an amazing artist and her powerful speech just made me a bigger fan of hers. Her empathy towards that disabled reporter just reaffirmed my faith in humanity – hope that there still are ‘humans’ among the influential human beings.

Meryl Streep played the lead role in the biopic, Florence Foster Jenkins which was released on 6 May 2016 but has just been released in Qatar this week (not sure why such a late release here..). We watched the movie during our summer holidays but its release in Qatar this week and Meryl Streep’s speech today, forced me into writing about the movie.florence-foster-jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins (played by Merlyn Streep) is a true story of a New York heiress who dreamt of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. She used to sing for her private social club. Her companion St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) loved her so much that he never let anyone reveal to her of how bad she was at signing. That is, until she played her first recital for the public at Carnegie Hall in 1944, where she was mercilessly mocked by critics.angwn

The movie is funny yet emotional.. as you admire the courage of the woman who never actually knew how AWFUL she sounded .. since in her head, she always sounded like a nightingale.

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Meryl Streep is BRILLIANT in the movie. A person who can actually sing in real life, singing THAT awful, is startlingly impressive! Another Oscar worthy performance by her.

Watch this clip to know more about the movie and the real Florence Foster Jenkins!

As Jenkins herself said….

“Some may say that I couldn’t sing.. but no one can say I didn’t sing”

Enjoy!

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