Though British character studies about royalty can be good and still be frighteningly boring (The Queen, for instance), I went into The King’s Speech with high expectations because of peer reviews. Even if I came in to this movie with great expectations, though, they would have been surpassed by this movie, Tom Hooper and Colin Firth’s best.
The movie tells the story of King George VI (Colin Firth), who, through many problems, delivered a speech to all of the British lands and allies. He began with a stammer, and when the Queen Mum (Helena Bonham Carter) is in her last desperation, she finds a speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). The film shows not only the king’s hardships in his therapy or the relationship with Logue, but it also shows how much pressure he was under, and how he conquered his fears and showed his true bravery.
The movie’s acting was phenominal. I was nearly speechless when it came to the entire ensemble’s ability. The writing was great, and Tom Hooper used very impressive shots and provided a very well-crafted story.
Bottom Line: A. Great movie, the fourth best of 2010.