Indie & Foreign
The King’s Speech (2010)

They could've made a large scale movie. They could've shot multiple outdoor scenes with huge amounts of extras. They could've ruined this movie big time. But they didn't. David Seidler (scenario) and Tom Hooper (direction) are cerebral and humble. They focused on the human being, not the King. It's the overall modesty of the movie that makes it royal.

Rating  

Only royal words can describe it.

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The movie begins brilliantly. Prince Albert gives a terrible speech plagued by stuttering. How could we not have some pity for him?

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Best Mozart and Shakespeare combo ever? Most definitely.

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The cinematography is worthy of mention. The choice of unusual camera lens, the angles chosen to picture Firth’s character, and the selection of bland colors all contribute to represent his state of mind. He’s hesitant, making him tense which in turns frustrates him. He’s incapable of being natural.

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The constant fear of stammering is magnificently showcased when prince Albert is playing with his daughters. He attempts, in vain, to avoid telling a story. Within seconds, you are implicitly told how difficult it must have been for him to speak in front of others even in the comfort of his own home.

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Michael Gambon (King George V) obliterates his son’s meager confidence, putting tons of pressure on him as the poor Albert tries to recite his father’s speech. Gambon makes us forget about the kind and benevolent Albus Dumbledore in a single scene. Was the king as harsh as he is portrayed in the movie? I can’t be positive, but the scene sure is effective.

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Am I the only one who thinks this movie makes the best use of profanity in the entire history of cinema?

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King George VI had to repeatedly face a formidable foe: the microphone. As we see Adolf Hitler on film, however, the King meets his true enemy. Hitler was insane but he was a tremendous orator. It was up to people like the King to face him in a different kind of war: the battle for public opinion.

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Finally, it all comes down to this. The famous speech. As King George VI reads the words, he vanquishes his stuttering and infuses courage and patriotism in the hearts of those who hear him. I’m pretty sure we all felt like we were born in England for a second or two, am I right?

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Colin Firth ends the movie’s last scene, walking away from the improvised broadcasting room. Not only is King George VI being applauded for his speech, I think part of the clapping also goes to Firth as an actor. He did a marvelous job. His subtle body language, his tone, and his realistic stammering eventually earned him a truckload of awards. Geoffrey Rush delivers a solid performance as well.


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