The King’s Speech (118 min)
A movie that is quiet and laid back, not relying on any action or special effects to guide its way? There is no way this could be that great. It is getting the most Oscar nominations with 12 and the main actor Colin Firth has been winning all the leading male actors awards and all the actors have been nominated as well. But you know what? It completely deserves all of it. It may not be the most action packed movie in the world but who needs that when you have got a masterpiece of a cast and a masterpiece of a director. Both do their part in holding your interest throughout the whole movie with smart and clever British dialogue that at most times is very humorous, as well as a heartwarming story about overcoming obstacles in life and friendship everlasting. Colin Firth dramatically portrays the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II and the father of a dreaded stammer. After his brother abdicates, George reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by the dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, King George or better known as Bertie to his family and his queen, played sweetly by the understated and underestimated Helena Bonham Carter, sets out to find help from multiple speech therapists. He perseveres through many failed attempts to finally come upon a man by the name of Lionel Logue played brilliantly by Geoffrey Rush. This is where the movie’s focus rests and where the movie strives, with dramatic and sometimes hilarious scenes between the two involving themselves in unorthodox techniques that seem to be helping the ill-tempered king. There is a scene where the king finds himself just belting out random curse words, which apparently helps him, get his words across easier. It’s funny, even when cursing; the British still seem to do it in a proper sort of way. This is also where the actors strive as well. They are all so convincing in their roles. If you saw Colin Firth accept his award for best male actor in a leading role in both the Critic’s Choice Awards as well as the Golden Globes, you would have seen that the stammer that he had to fake in the movie is still with him. He had trouble just in his speech accepting the awards, with not being able to bring the words across in a smooth and consistent way. Now that is an actor that really became the role. “The King’s Speech” is rated R for some language.