The story of the film is definitely compelling. The characters are well-written and likable. Grant's character, Bayfield, was my favorite. He was a flawed character, but I feel like that further humanized him. He obviously showed dedication to Florence, and that was admirable. The character of Florence Foster Jenkins herself was also well-developed, with her passion and dedication making her extremely likable. At first Cosmé McMoon was a bit irritating, but the character came to grow on me over the course of the film. This movie is truly one of the most inspirational of the year. There are some very funny, laugh-out-loud moments, but there are also a lot of sad, heartwarming moments.
The acting of the film was, by far, its strongest element. Meryl Streep is obviously great as the eponymous character. She is believable and sincere in the role, and feels perfectly cast. Simon Helberg is also funny in his supporting role as Jenkins's accompanist, Cosmé McMoon. Hugh Grant, however, was probably the biggest standout in the film. He was both funny and emotional, sincere and believable. I was extremely impressed by his performance, which was likely his best.
So overall, "Florence Foster Jenkins" was an enjoyable, inspirational film. It has a few slow spots, but it always managed to draw me back in. If you enjoy biopics or are a fan of Meryl Streep, you should definitely check it out.
Florence Foster Jenkins
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.