Thursday, 29 December 2011

'The King's Speech' Film Review

Just watched 'The King's Speech' and was amazed at how good it was!

'The King's Speech' "tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war." Via imdb.

The film started slow, as would expected, and had a mellow pace, which picked up as soon as Bertie became King. Whilst the focus is on the characters, the beauty of the pace, the colour, the movement is all very subtle and is part of the movie to be experienced, enjoyed.

The relationship of Bertie and Lionel is fragile and aggressive yet strong. Their fears and ambitions are exposed to one another and this is portrayed wonderfully. Their hidden yearning for each other's support, their insecurities and the way they confide in each other, makes their characters very human- especially Bertie's.

As the need for Bertie to speak publicly draws near, their relationship is tested and in prevailing, King George VI delivers a predictably beautiful speech, and the closing scenes are phenomenal.

Colin Firth- King George VI / Bertie
Helena Bonham Carter- Queen Elizabeth
Geoffrey Rush- Lionel Logue

Colin Firth deserves his Oscar for portraying Bertie in the role of his career. As THE English Actor (probably the first one you think of when asked), he plays the part very well, supported by the sublime Helena Bonham Carter.

At first I thought that a film about a speech impediment would be utterly boring, but gave this a go due to it's success and found it simple, refreshing and beautifully made, with Oscar worthy performances from the lead trio. A perfect film to watch at Christmas.

#Won 4 Oscars, 7 Baftas and a Golden Globe.

And having seen this, Colin Firth's Oscar acceptance speech now becomes so relevant and beautiful. And my friend keeps saying this film goes well with 'Black Swan' as Natalie Portman has the queen role that year- glad she won her Oscar too.

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