It would be easy to use some pun to describe this movie, this which is a well-trodden route for other film critics. Something like ‘majestic’ or ‘fit for a king’, but all I will say is this movie is truly brilliant. The film centres on King George VI (nicknamed ‘Bertie’) and his unfortunate speech impediment. King George VI appears to be forgotten man in history; I’m ashamed to admit I don’t remember him. But in this film he is brought to life, and the plaudits must go to the screenplay writer David Seidler. The film is original, but feels authentic.
The cast is magnificent. Colin Firth is intensely brilliant; he must have researched and practiced the role for hours on end. I look at him in a new light thanks to this movie and The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Geoffrey Rush is playful and funny as Lionel Logue (the speech therapist), the relationship between ‘Bertie’ and Lionel mixes humour and seriousness to the correct amount. What I mean is… they keep you laughing and intrigued. Helena Bonham Carter also delivers a brilliant performance, she is a very dynamic actress. Portraying the Queen Mother and the witch ‘Bellatrix Lestrange’ from Harry Potter in one year is no mean fete considering these characters are polar opposites.
This film has been churned out just in time for the Oscars. It appears The King’s Speech is set to fight it out with The Social Network for ‘Best Film’. The UK vs the US, my impartialities have swayed my decision. But I’m not being bias because this film is kingly (winks to the audience), amazing, and fantastic. I think I’m running out of adjectives to describe this film, so I’m off to do a bit of light reading (the dictionary).