Genres: Drama and Biopic
Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.
Release Date: November 26th, 2010 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for some language.
Distributors: The Weinstein Company
Director: Tom Hooper
JJ Rating: A-
See it again: Maybe.
Own it: Maybe
Recommend it to: Those that enjoy movies that are inspirational. The entire scene in the trailer where Colin Firth shouts, “I have a voice” is spectacular and a point well made.
King George VI (Colin Firth), who is yet to be titled king, has speech problems. Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), not yet queen, helps to find a teacher to make him better. They end up with Lionel Logue (Geoffery Rush). He pushes George to be better speaker with his unique methods, of course they’re unconventional. The King Speech.
For the longest time The Fox and the Hound has been one of my favorite movies because it’s great display of friendship in all its vicissitudes. Loyalty is very important to me and if someone breaks that, it is the worst thing they can do. Therefore, I do like to root for friendships like I did with The Social Network because it’s important to have friends that are friends despite your flaws. Moreover, those that can do that are not only great friends, but also great people. Those that can’t are lesser human than the Nazis. At least the Nazis were loyal.
Where to start with the acting? I’ll begin with one of my favorite actors, Colin Firth. He is a remarkable man in his craft. I wanted to see this movie because of him. I wanted to be surprised again as I was with A Single Man. From the moment he stared out at the audience making weird noises and that intimidating microphone blocking his escape to the end where he is getting praise…Firth held my attention. That is acting. His captures a single man (pun intended) in all of his glory and disrepute, giving the audience a 3D view of a man without the help of any optical illusions. I’ve seen almost one hundred movies this year (and that’s about 15 less than last year---told you it was a sucky year) and there’s not an actor that took my amazement like Firth did. I haven’t been this awed since Doubt.
Geoffery Rush did not have to raise his voice and yet he garnered attention. He stood next to Firth without being overshadowed and he was not only important in the film, but also just as important. I loved their friendship, a lot. Rush spoke with careful attention as one would expect a speech therapist to do. Fantastic greatness that makes me rave about the film to any and everyone.
Helena Bonham Carter had lines that sounded condescending if one just read them, but her soft-spoken tone gave each line the grace and smoothness of a wonderful royal lady. I just like her. I want to eat crumpets with her and I have no idea what those are.
Tom Hooper has a great eye. The scenes were shot in a weird photo like manner. Each scene could be a single photo that stands on its own. In fact the entire film could be on display at an art museum because of how creative the director was.
Rated R because of language and the amazing thing about this is that unlike other films that are Rated R for language it is not gratuitous. The words have meaning for use. Meaning that adds character and humor to the entire story. Meaning that such words lose when they’re over used in other films and if I were in the mood I’d list them, but I’m not…so I won’t.
It actually promotes inspiration that The Fighter didn’t do. Britain is better than Boston, the Founding Fathers would roll at the sound of that, but so would the roll their eyes if they saw the amount of films Boston produces with pricks. The King’s Speech displayed honor and respect in ways that nowadays seems lost.
The King’s Speech is pushing to be my favorite story about friendship and loyalty, but I can’t let it beat an ADHD Fox and an OCD Hound. I could, but that would ruin my childhood. Therefore, The King’s Speech will have to settle for a very, very, very, very close second place. It is a great display of human awesomeness. Something that many people lose sight of in times of distress and that’s when the best friendships are formed.
I write like: Robert Louis Stevenson