Recently, I watched the film Florence Foster Jenkins and was extremely impressed!
When I had first seen the trailer for the film, I remember being curious about it because it appeared to be about a woman who wanted to be an opera singer even though she did not have the greatest voice, and it was based on a true story.
I had forgotten about the film after that until I recently saw that it was available to watch on Hulu.
I had remembered being curious about the film and decided to give the film a shot, and I am so glad I did!
The film stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. The acting was fantastic! There were parts of the film that made me laugh out loud and other parts that deeply moved me.
I found it inspiring that because Florence Foster Jenkins was no longer able to play piano, she started singing in order to keep music at the center of her life.
Although it was hilarious while also cringe-worthy to see people react to Florence’s singing voice throughout the film, I found it inspiring that she just kept singing.
Music historian Stephen Pile said that Jenkins was “the world’s worst opera singer.”
Do you have a singing voice that makes you embarrassed to even sing in the shower? Now, can you imagine singing in front of a room full of people?
The film incorporates one of Jenkins’ quotes, “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.”
Florence sang because she loved music. She could not play piano any longer, so she found something should could still do related to music. She did not allow people’s opinions to hold her back from her passion.
When I watched the film and saw so many people laughing at Florence, I thought, Who are they to judge?
Rather than laugh at Florence, they should be inspired that this woman did not allow her passion to be taken away from her! Despite their judgments, she made the most out of her life.
We can learn a lot from Florence. Is there anything that you are holding back from doing because you are concerned about what people might say?