Sunday, February 13, 2011

review - The King's Speech

Bravo, bravo, bravo to this beautifully opulent and honest look at the speech problems of the Duke of York, played so brilliantly by Colin Firth. Also starring Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush (wonderful!), Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon and Claire Bloom, this film appeals to all those - many, many - who have problems with stammering due to fear of public speaking.

What makes this true-to-life study of members of the royal family so fascinating, apart from Tom Hooper's loving eye as director, is how a layman affects their lives. Rush's character is a typical example of a learned man whose experience as speech coach is invaluable, yet he is looked down upon by the King's court because of his station and lack of credentials. When he proves his mettle, he becomes a trusted friend and ally.
Lovely script and brilliant work from everyone involved. Should pick up many awards, especially for Firth as Best Actor.
Go see it!