Meryl Streep is an actresss who can command an audience. As she prepares for the release of her new movie, she hits the red carpet, striking poses and wearing a hairdo that demands attention. This isn’t her first time doing this, but she says that it is an experience that never really gets old for her. She is a actress who is a league of her own.
- Both Streep and Frears, the 75-year-old director of My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons and Philomena, proudly point out that Florence Foster Jenkins is an homage to studio pictures from the ’30s and ’40s.
- Frears’s film synthesizes the last several years of Jenkins’s life.
- The movie traces the singer’s growing desire to seek out the spotlight, set against Bayfield’s increasingly tortuous efforts to keep her from being scorched by it.
“Frears’s film synthesizes the last several years of Jenkins’s life. Initially, she’s insulated from critical reviews as Bayfield (portrayed with poker-faced aplomb by Hugh Grant) handpicks her audience and pays reporters to write sycophantic reviews.”