The story of a man who would become King George VI and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch recognise his worth. His impromptu ascencion to the throne was marred by a lifelong stammer that rendered him unfit to be king, until Lionel Logue came along.
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This is filmmaking at its finest. The score is superb. The sets are superb. The cinematography is superb. However, the most superb part of this film is easily Collin Firth's performance as the King. Most actors would stutter and end up overacting and giving comedic effect. Firth legitimately made the viewer feel for him. The scene towards the end when he gives the speech could be the best-acted scene in film history.
Depicts a fascinating personal journey and brilliantly invoks the mood and history of the period. Tom Hooper provides exquisite direction and builds a momentum which results in a thrilling finale. The photography is also beautiful. It is very rewatchable and is one of those populist films which is so overplayed that people forget how well executed it really is.
I allowed a respectable amount of time to lapse after all the praise and award giving, to allow myself time to discover this wonderful and subtle film for myself. Simply put, I adore it. Look pass the obvious overtones and discover the beautiful subtext. You know, sometimes, there's a reason why widely adored works are so successful (artistically and commercially) because they are exceptional and lovingly crafted.
The King's Speech' has a fantastic script and great performances. Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush are just amazing. Alexandre Desplat, the composer, has created a really good soundtrack, by the way; one of the best of this year, with the permission of 'The social network'.
This movie is a delight to watch. Truly a more serious and mature bromance that can inspire and entertain for what is basically a movie about a King's speech impediment. Amazing performances all around, especially with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. The cinematography and direction is intimate and excellent as well.
Virtually every film I've seen in the past 9 months has been panned by critics & friends alike - often quite unforgivingly & not always justified. This time of year we're flush w/ cinematic experiences, yet all seemed dismal on the new release front. Among the rubble left behind, a little opal in The Kings Speech, a brilliant film - screenplay, cast, cinematography. What a relief! A definite Oscar contender.