Monday, January 31, 2011

Movie Review- The King's Speech

Award season is in full effect with the Screen Actors Guild awards this past Sunday and the Academy Awards coming up next month. The big winner last night at the SAG awards for Best on Screen Ensemble in a Motion Picture went to The King's Speech which starred Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush. I should also note that Colin Firth won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as King George VI; its pretty much in the bag that the actor is going to win the Best Actor Oscar next month. The question is, which film will bring in the Best Picture award? It's pretty much going to be a showdown between The Social Network and The King's Speech. I never did get around to writing a review for The Social Network, but I'm sure most of you don't need another person to tell you it was a brilliant film. My predictions is the honor is going to The King's Speech, not because I necessarily think it was a better film than The Social Network, but because the Oscars tends to be bias towards historical fiction pieces.

I was a little late in making my way around viewing The King's Speech, but I finally got a chance to see it in the theaters last week. The story focuses on King George VI when he is thrown into becoming King of Great Britain after his brother abdicates the throne in order to marry. When King George VI comes into power, it is at the start of the Second World War. During this time period, a ruler addresses his people through the use of radio. During a time of impending crisis, the King must speak publicly more than ever in order to draw the support and keep the morality of his people. This is a bit of a problem for King George VI because he has a unfortunate stammering problem. His wife seeks out the help of an unconventional speech therapist to help her husband.

As I mentioned earlier, King George is played by Colin Firth in the film with Geoffrey Rush playing the speech "doctor." The pair had great chemistry together and put on two the best performances I've seen this year. George's Queen was played by Helena Bonham Carter and was wonderful (as she is in everything) in this supporting role. The performances of these talented actors is really what made me love the film as much as I did. The dialogue in the film is incredibly sharp and witty and adds a good dose of humor to the film. Our speech doctor uses several strange and unconventional strategies to help the King work through his speech problems which included having him swear and sing. Seeing Colin Firth sing makes me hope he'll star in a musical sometime soon.

Overall, the film is a very charming piece about friendship. It was great watching the developing friendship of these two men: a King and a commoner. It is also a great period piece about this royal historic figure and his struggle with his confidence and his reluctance to be King. Colin Firth's performance makes the audience really fall in love with him and admire his story. I really think this film can be enjoyed by a wide audience. It's not limited to historical non-fiction lovers or critically-acclaimed film lovers. Definitely a must watch of 2010.

Final Score- 10/10

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