Review: The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech is a well-written, heartfelt and down to Earth drama about the Royal family…extra stress on the word “family.”

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Tom Hooper, who hasn’t really done any directing of note before this, steps up his game to deliver an engaging snapshot of royal life and the human personalities behind it. This movie should do well during awards season.

THE SETUP:
King George VI (Colin Firth) can’t talk. OK, he can’t talk but his stammering and lack of confidence in public speaking does not befit a member of the royal family. So, with the prodding of his wife Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the king enlists the aid of an unorthodox Aussie speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush).  Through family deaths, political scandal and World Word II, the unlikely trio try to make a good man into a great king.

THE THOUGHTS:
Loved this movie. Sorry, too blunt?

How’s this: three of the best actors to come out of the Commonwealth (Rush is Aussie) take larger-than-life characters that easily could have been clichés and boil them down to relatable, engaging people. Screw the pomp and circumstance, these are people with problems and self-esteem issues doing the best they can in the environment they live in. We can all relate.

Each of the main actors brings their A-game and are equally assisted by the supporting cast: Guy Pearce as the eccentric King Edward VIII and Michael Gambon as the stern patriarch King George V.

There’s not a single misstep in this story. The writing is equally impressive. It’s not a comedy, but you’ll laugh. It’s not drama, but you’ll sympathize. It’s not a historical re-imagining, but you’ll learn something. It’s life. It’s just happening to some pretty well known people that shaped their nation.

THE KING’S SPEECH Rating:
4 stars – you’d recommend this. An amazing story told amazingly well. By the time the movie gets to its climax, you’ll be pulling for ever every syllable and enunciation.  The movie is about learning to express yourself and I couldn’t express more how fantastic this movie is. Plus it’s Rated R soley because they use the F-word 17 times. Awesome!

Random Recommendations
Circle of Friends (1995) – Saw this ages ago without realizing how impressive the cast was at the time (Colin Firth, Alan Cumming, Saffron Burrows, Minnie Driver). Set in 1950s Ireland, it’s about the transition from childhood to adulthood or rather the idea of it. It’s good…don’t let Chris O’Donnell put you off.

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Mystery Men (1999) – Casanova Frankenstein. CASANOVA FRANKENSTEIN. Nothing can stop me from recommending this movie on that name alone. Thankfully it’s pretty funny too. A group of misfit superheroes with crap powers (one guy is invisible only if you’re not looking at him) trying to get respect. Tons of names, lots of fun.

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 Review: The Kings Speech
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