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Movie Review – The King’s Speech

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When I first heard about the film ‘The King’s Speech’, I’ve got to admit that it didn’t really sound very appealing. An English monarch with a speech impediment, who needs the help of a ‘common’ man to overcome this obstacle, didn’t exactly scream out an entertaining movie. However, when it started picking up a lot of praise in the media and many award nominations, I knew there must be something more there – not to mention the great cast the film had as well, which more than often is a good sign of the quality of the film.  So, a few weeks after it came out I decided to buy my ticket and check out if my initial thoughts, or all the hype it had received, rang true or not.

“The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.”

This film could easily have been made in a very simple way, but right off the bat the directing was very interesting. Some pretty extreme camera angles used for the conversations between the two leads, and some other generally ‘risky’ shots, made for a very visually interesting piece of cinema. Perhaps they thought they needed to do that due to the slower, maybe uninteresting, subject material.  I’m not sure, but at the end of the day that wasn’t even a factor, as the story was increasingly entertaining and really pulled you into the film. Add to that some simply stunning performances and you have yourself a simply great film! Should it clean up at this year’s Academy Awards? For acting, I think it has a high chance of walking away with some of the top prizes, and deservedly so.

9 out of 10 from me.  

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