Florence Foster Jenkins
Have you ever been in a situation where you have a friend who thinks they can sing but really can’t but you have to put up with it and tell them that they are good? Well that is what Simon Helberg has to do in his new film Florence Foster Jenkins. Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) is a widely popular and well-known opera singer in the 1940s. However, the problem arises when other characters find out that she can’t sing. Jenkins is unaware that she cannot sing due to her large ego. Jenkins wants to perform at a well-known theater in NYC and needs all the help she can get to get there. Jenkins hires Cosmé McMoon (Simon Helberg) to be her pianist and McMoon has to deal with the fact that she is nowhere near having perfect pitch. Jenkins also gets help from her husband, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), who sends out invitations to people who are fans of Jenkins. Word gets around fast that Jenkins is holding a concert and after a recording that Jenkins sang in a studio, that was obviously not great, everyone wants to see her perform live to have a good laugh. The reason she was so popular was because it was during the second world war and all the soldiers needed a way to forget about the dark moments going on so they used Jenkins as a way to laugh and have a good time. Sadly, Jenkins learns the hard way of why she was becoming so popular by reading a headline in one of the popular New York papers.
I had the opportunity to interview one of the stars of the film Simon Helberg. Helberg is the star of the hit comedy show Big Bang Theory, so for Helberg to star in a movie with Meryl Streep and it being set in the 1940s is very different compared to his TV show. Helburg explained, “The pants are looser in the 1940s, thank god. I mean I don’t know if the time period is much as a factor as its just the content of the story. I mean I don’t think that actors have to think too much about tone it such a specific way, I think you should get that from the script, you’re always doing the same thing in terms of playing a character and telling a story and trying to be truthful. But it was very fun to do something so completely diametrically opposed to what I do on the show. And the time period is fun because I got to have a haircut and it is just a beautiful time period and it was photographed so beautifully. The whole thing feels like dress up.”
Overall, the movie inspires those who feel like they can not do something to just go out there and put your effort into it, because if you give up you might not realize how close you were to where you wanted to be. The movie was heart-warming, tear jerking, and made you laugh like Simon Cowell listening to season 10 of American Idol Rolan Maxharj. The movie opens its curtain August 12th 2016.