COLIN FIRTH GEOFREY RUSH HELENA BONHAM CARTER
THE KINGS SPEECH
English director Tom Hooper’s new film, produced by The Weinstein Company, has all the makings of a film catered towards a conservative Academy Awards voting body. The Kings Speech isn’t your typical stuffy British film. Director Hooper offers a fresh take royal history. All three actors deliver some of their finest work. Firth, who is the front runner in the best actor category, delivers a stand-out performance. All three will follow up their Golden Globe and SAG nominations with Oscar nods. The blend of funny moments and a sense of history make The Kings Speech one of the better films of the year; it’s a pitch perfect film that has enough great little moments to appeal to a wide audience.
In the midst of a royal shakeup, King George V (Michael Gambon) has died; his eldest son David (Guy Pearce) is heir to the throne but brings scandal to the family. This means that the only hope lies with the stammering younger brother, Bertie (Firth). Unable to speak in public or any other manner, Bertie is sent to an Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Rush). His methods are controversial and comical but the future king and the peculiar man become friends through trust and understanding. With song, curse words and determination, King George VI learns to overcome his speech impediment and lead England through a time of war.
Director Hooper, an unknown when it comes to film, has certainly caught the attention of the film industry with his refreshing elements in a film that could have been easily written off as a period piece. I think the clever lines, mostly from Rush’s character, make this film unique and wildly entertaining. Never have I enjoyed the use of curse words as I did here. Everything used in this film has a purpose and more often than not garners laughter along with it. The Kings Speech manages to teach, entertain and impress all at the same time. Rush is likely to be passed over for Christian Bale in The Fighter because the famous Australian already has two Oscars.
They said “it's his time” and that is true. Nominated last year for A Single Man, Firth has certainly delivered a consistently impressive body of work and will very likely finally win an Oscar for his performance here. Firth’s task to portray the deeply introverted and mentally abused stuttering King wasn’t with ease, but Firth makes him human and well rounded. Firth is one of those genuine actors who has the full respect of his peers and commandingly takes center stage here.
Final Thought – The three fantastic performances and the films subtlety make it great.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Michael B. Woody