11. The King’s Speech (2010)

Worthy of kingship

10/10
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Written by: David Siedler
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffery Rush, Helen Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce.

Being the King of England is no easy job. Being the King of England at the outbreak of World War II would be enough to break out a few nervous sweats. Now add a stuttering speech impediment to the situation and the whole nation feels a little awkward.

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The King’s Speech, however, is nowhere near awkward. It is quite simply, amazing.

As George VI (Firth) unexpectedly takes the place of his brother, King Edward VIII (Pearce), to sit in their father’s empty throne, his stutter is perceived to be his biggest obstacle in reaching his people. But with the help of unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Rush), George VI realizes that there are deeper and more personal issues that he must overcome if he is to find faith in himself, not just as a king, but as an individual.

Lifted by incredible performances (some of the best delivered by Firth and Rush, beautifully balanced by Bonham-Carter), the emotional breadth of Hooper’s direction and visually resonant cinematography gives The King’s Speech the divine right to twelve Oscar nominations. So while the ending of the film is foreseeable, The King’s Speech surprises with interesting visual choices that leave lasting impressions, and dramatically powerful moments that look into the personal demons of George VI.

Filmed with an eye for emotion and performances that blend subtlety and intensity with perfection, The King’s Speech reigns supreme.  Bow minions…

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