“The King’s Speech”

MOVIE REVIEW: “The King’s Speech” stars Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service, A Single Man), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, Alice Through the Looking Glass), Geoffrey Rush (Shakespeare in Love, Shine), Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3, Memento), Michael Gambon (Judy, Gosford Park), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty, A Quiet Passion), Claire Bloom (The Haunting, Clash of the Titans [1981]), and Timothy Spall (The Last Samurai, Early Man). It is directed by Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl, Les Misérables [2012]) and written by David Seidler (The King and I, The Queen of Spades). Duke George VI (Firth), having always struggled with a speech impediment, is suddenly thrusted into a developing world of radio, and seeks speech therapy from a small-time doctor.

What a beautiful film. Simply beautiful. How do the Brits do it? They make everything seem so… posh. Is that the right word? I don’t know. You watch anything on Masterpiece on BBC and you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s like what Hallmark is to cheesy Christmas, British cinema is to polished class. Not always, I assure you, but when they are, it makes you feel proper. What are we talking about again? Oh yeah, “The King’s Speech.” Winner of the 2011 Best Picture Oscar (amongst several great nominees, I might add), this feature tells the true story of Duke who has a stuttering problem, and must learn to control it as he is set to make big speeches with the death of his king father. It’s World War II era ladies and gentlemen; Hitler is on the rise once more (in cinema) and it’s up to even the most nervous of royalty to take a stand. Granted, that’s not what the movie is focused on, but the playing field is set. I loved “The King’s Speech.” To have not seen it before a few days ago baffles me. It’s such a small idea, yet holds enough weight to keep you entertained and wanting to see what happens next. The performances in this are delightful, with stand-outs being Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, and Guy Pearce. Did I name the whole principle cast? Essentially. Everyone did a marvelous job, selling the roles well. The cinematography was also great, as was the score, which was hard not to notice. It balanced quite well between sad and joyous, ringing in eloquent piano beats to get the flow going. The story itself also had good rhythm, hardly missing a step as we saw the progression of King Georg VI’s speech therapy. I enjoyed the theme it presented, detailing a man not only overcoming a stuttering problem, but also learning to accept his destiny and push aside his stubbornness. While it doesn’t have big explosions or high-octane situations, the struggle is certainly real, and played off well in every facet. Even outside of the therapy sessions (dealing with King George’s brother, his home life, the doctor’s acting dreams) was interesting; there’s enough here to keep you invested. If you are looking for a nice movie to watch one night, this is a solid pick. The stakes are high, but done in such a sleek fashion that makes for rich viewing. All in all, “The King’s Speech” is worth a high recommendation. FINAL SCORE: 96%= Juicy Popcorn

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