17 April 2019 | steve-829-463004
Great documentary, but with one Grating Performance
I would agree with most of the reviews already left here. It's a Ken Burns documentary - very well-informed, great details, etc.
But the one surprising flaw, at least to my ear, is Meryl Streep. I very much hope that the film doesn't cause some viewers to believe that Eleanor Roosevelt was as one-dimensional and devoid of emotion as Ms. Streep portrays her. She reads each quote with the same measured cadence; they're so similar it makes me want to mute the audio each time she comes on.
Eleanor Roosevelt was an interesting, dynamic, and driven firebrand. She brought as much personality and purpose to the role of first lady as her husband brought to the presidency. Maybe more. To be sure, her public speeches were measured and deliberate, and perhaps that was the only model Ms. Streep had to go on. But surely she let her hair down a tad when speaking informally.