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Monday, 27 June 2016

The King's Speech (2010)

The Duke of York, son of King George V, has a stammer that makes public speaking both problematic and terrifying. With his inaugural speech on the wireless looming, he seeks the aid of speech therapist Lionel Logue.
The grand settings are nice, but the real beauty is in the relationships that develop. With that in mind, Colin Firth doesn't get the credit he deserves as an actor; he proves once again that he's more than up to the task of carrying a lead role and giving it the nuances it deserves.
Geoffrey Rush as Lionel is great, too. His interactions with the Duke humanise the royal, showing him as more than just a privileged and pompous figurehead that the public at large were conditioned to respect and revere.
I wasn't at all surprised to discover after viewing that parts written for the stage were incorporated into the screenplay - they're easy to spot.

4 mouth marbles out of 5

2 comments:

cuckoo said...

I've seen this four times and much to much my surprise I've never Nutted it. :confused:

Same score. A wonderful wonderful film.

Hooper proved himself pretty worthy with this, The Damned United and John Adams but it seems he's gone a very slight decline with the two that followed King's.

...and now it seems he's up for a film adaptation of Cats. :erm:
No. Just no.

Dr Faustus said...

It was a Poundland blu, stuck between dozens of Twilight and Harry Potter boxes. I don’t much like period dramas, and I like the monarchy even less, but I do enjoy some Firth, so I picked it up and am really glad I did.

I know what Cats is but have no idea what it's about. It's maybe best I keep it that way.