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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I'm pretty glad that a year on nobody gives a shit about this film. It's one of most manipulative films in recent years. Trying to actually convince the audience that the beginning of world war II is a happy ending because this asshole doesn't stutter anymore but never mind all the ordinary people who will loose their lives and we're given no reason to admire him aside from being part of the ruling class. Two stars.
This hit close to home as my brother has stammered since I can remember. He's gone to speech therapists and has had a hard time with the whole thing. That said, the film is beautifully, beautifully acted, therein lies its charm. Granted, it is your typical Hollywood production (no stunning visuals, groovy shots, POV's, camera angles) yet it's super appealing -the acting-. And I longed for it to continue into WWII.
And this year Fuck-yeah-i'm-sophisticated-thoroughly researched-100%attention to detail-oscar-gonna-love-me-though-in-years-to-come-they-gonna-forget-me-like-Shakespeare-in-Love award goes to this film..
Re-focused history. Pleasant, if rather tiresome in the need to frame a slim story about speech therapy within the grander sweep of history e.g. early underlined references to the broader world (Heir Hitler and all that) with a spot-lit Churchill later parachuted in to help sign-post audiences to what came next... Performances however are largely clean and crisp, and the central motif of the stammer is affecting.
Through its distortive tendencies, very wide angle lenses make further visible the disconnection of the king and his people. By stretching the image, Hooper foregrounds a talented Colin Firth, but does so at the cost of verisimilitude, instead opting for a visceral psychological expression of the King's impediment.
71/100 - Good.
so im watching this thinking, i shouldnt feel pity for any monarchs but you really do. i can see why colin firth won an oscar for this performance. its both painful and inspiring for anyone with public speaking, social anxienty, etc, to watch BUT i hate the fact the i know that the filmmakers know they feeding you a load of crap with sugar on top of it.
A biopic movie about how King George VI overcame his stuttering problem. The story is predictable but it was produced stylishly with witty script and wonderful performances. So although I knew where the story was going but the movie is well paced that it carries along nicely. A British charm movie. :)