The King's Speech Will Leave You Speechless

January 30, 2011
The King's Speech Will Leave You Speechless Impressively nominated for 12 Academy Awards, The King’s Speech (2010) well deserves all the praise it is currently receiving here and abroad. Up until just recently, I thought The Social Network (2010) was a shoe in for best picture, but now that The Kings Speech has been consistently topping the box office charts as well as garnering more Oscar nominations than The Social Network, The Kings Speech may very well give The Social Network a run for its money. Sure, many films have been made about the British monarchy in the past, but none of them have been so compelling and effectively told as this story of King George the sixth and his speech therapist Lionel Logue.

It is a simple story told in a simple way, and executed brilliantly well by director Tom Hooper, whose previous work has not been seen much by American audiences. Its themes of friendship and loyalty are universally appealing and the movie will certainly stand the test of time. At its core, the film suggests that our greatest challenges are not always necessarily exterior ones, but ones that come from within, and it is within ourselves to overcome those challenges. This clear message of hope and outlook on life itself is sure to resonate well with mass audiences.

Collin Firth is a revelation in his portrayal of a tormented man who does not wish to be in the limelight, but still manages to overcome his personal discomforts to fulfill the duties that are expected of him. Firth completely transforms his mannerisms, speech and posture to give us a human portrait of a man who most of us knew nothing about.

The monarchy is a firm, but most of us forget that they are comprised of real people with real problems and this film shows us that despite wealth and power, one cannot escape human imperfection. Colin Firth is likely to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, and deservedly so. If this comes to pass, it will be interesting to note that members of the royal family are good theatrical roles for actors to play if they wish to win Oscars (Such as when Helen Mirren won for playing King George VI’s daughter, Queen Elizabeth II for The Queen (2006)).

Being that I find this film to possess much replay value, The King’s Speech is my personal favourite film of the year, it is comprised of excellent actors, a great director, and above all, a damn good story.

— BigMike

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