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The King's Speech (DVD)
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The King's Speech (DVD)
I don't think anyone can fail to have come across the multi award winning King's Speech recently. Along with Black Swan, it's been one of the most talked about and praised films of the year. I watched both these films almost back to back and prepared to love Black Swan and be underwhelmed by The King's Speech, the result was much the reverse and I have to say that this film deserved it's many awards, and is the far superior of the two.
The film stars Colin Firth as George VI and how he struggles and eventually conquers his stammer, with the help of unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush. I think most people will be familiar with the plot of Edward VIII becoming King after his father, George V dies only to soon abdicate over his relationship with Wallis Simpson. Resulting in George VI taking the throne. Even if like me, you were not aware of the King's struggle with his speech problems before seeing this film, I think I'm not spoiling to much by saying he overcomes them, after all it wouldn't be much of a film if it didn't.
So why then, if we already know the story should you go and see this film? Well, it's all about the performances. The King's Speech is a who's who of the best actors on the screen at the moment. Colin Firth as George VI is excellent, as is Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue. The King's Speech is as much a film about friendship as anything else and the scenes involving just these two are just fantastic, and at times incredibly funny.
Helena Bonham Carter is one of my favourite actresses and seems to be in everything recently! Her performance in this film is understated but just right. She shines as ever, but not so to take away from the leads.
Another performance to note is the brilliant Guy Pearce as Edward, who provides my favourite line of the film. Whilst throwing a party and generally being outrageous, his brother asks what he thinks he's doing... his response? 'I'm Kinging!'
I think this sort of humour is typical of the film. It's not for everyone admittedly but I like this sort of innocent humour and particularly when it's unexpected as I was expecting quite a serious film. In actual fact I smiled and laughed a lot, and really would regard this as a 'feel good' film.
Overall, The King's Speech is about courage and the power of friendship. It looks brilliant and has some of the finest acting you'll see. It gave me a better understanding of one of our most famous monarchs and about the struggle people with speech problems face. Above all, when the credits went up I had a smile on my face. Recommended.
Summary: The best film of the year so far