Release Date: 6 October 2016
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Monty Python cohort Neil Innes once quipped, “I’ve suffered for my music, and now it’s your turn”. He could easily have been quoting early 1900s New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins – should she have had any awareness whatsoever as to how utterly horrific her opera “singing” was. A great patron of the arts, she was much loved, and carefully shielded from those who would try to bring her down due to her complete lack of vocal ability. But, perhaps ironically, her caterwauling ultimately attracted a legion of fans. This is, obviously, her story, with Meryl Streep taking to the titular role with much gusto, while Hugh Grant does his utmost best to support the woman whom he obviously truly adores. You probably won’t buy the soundtrack, but FFJ delivers finely-tuned entertainment.