It’s a documentary, sure. But it’s not really a documentary, if only because this magical night didn’t take place in one night, and these kids’ parents seem like the kind who would look for their boys if they didn’t turn up at curfew.
It’s 1979. Two men meet in Los Angeles and quickly fall in love. One of
the men, Rudy (Alan Cumming), the transplanted New Yorker who’s out and
proud, works as the lead lip-syncher in a drag show at a West Hollywood
Forget the brouhaha about Zero Dark Thirty’s politics. Any movie that can present events in which the audience knows the outcome and still have the audience holding its breath in anticipation succeeds.
The makers of Hyde Park on Hudson have a genuine head-scratcher on their hands. Their
film about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of the most
fascinating figures in American history, is stupefying in its dullness.