Apr 24, 2011

The King's Speech Review

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In 1936, King George V of England dies and his oldest son refuses to be king. This leaves only the next oldest, Albert, AKA "Bertie" who has a hindering speech impediment. This film follows Bertie as he struggles to maintain a stressful of position of power while at the same time frequenting speech therapy with an Australian named Lionel Logue.

Throughout the entire film I couldn't help but compare this as a more manly version of Miss Congeniality. Colin Firth did a great job playing Sandra Bullock's role in this comparison, by making you really root for their successes, feeling the pains of their setbacks, and looking attractive while doing it all. Women will undoubtedly swoon over Firth as he tries his best to pronounce and enunciate words. I really liked the storytelling and character development of Lionel Logue as well, and felt Geoffrey Rush really gave the character some warmth. Of course, Helena Bonham Carter was Helena Bonham Carter, distinct from an earshot away no matter what role she's playing. So if you like her, you'll like her in this; if you don't like her, then this will be another occasion.

What really needs to be addressed in this movie though was it's tie-in with Harry Potter. Take a look at this casting:
Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) (King George V)
Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew) (Winston Churchill)
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) (Queen Elizabeth)
I recognize their talented, but the entire time I couldn't help but feel like there must be big names from the UK that could have filled these parts and not made it feel like a reunion.

My Highlights:
 Anything Winston Churchill, Bertie's swearing tirade, and Lionel introducing his wife to the royal couple.

Overall Rating:
A very well made and well-acted film, very deserving of all of it's acclaim and awards. My one complaint was that as the movie progressed, I no longer bought into Bertie's temper issues. It felt very forced, like they started getting used in scenes just to progress the story where it needed to be. Ovearll, still a fantastic film. 4 1/2 *'s out of 5, or 9 *'s out of 10.

When You Should See It:
While it doesn't have as much action some might hope for in a film based in the time-frame of World War II, if you like thinker-films than this one is for you. Watch it as soon as possible so you can understand what all the hype is about, but before it catches on and becomes too mainstream so that you're left behind

1 comment:

  1. You know I totally didn’t notice that 3 of the stars were from “Harry Potter” (other than Helena) but they all acted such different parts and were in such different costumes I think that’s why. I think some people are better at characters whereas others are better at just being “normal” but interesting and these actors were good choices after seeing the film. I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if I couldn’t have ordered it on my DISH Network employee receiver in HD. It really makes all the difference on an 82” TV like mine, or any TV 32” or larger. I especially love that I can order from 3,000 titles on dishonline.com, many of which are in HD.