Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Review: The King's Speech

What is it about British accents that makes everything they say sound so important? Even with his stammer, every time Colin Firth speaks it sounds so regal and dashing. The same thing goes for Helena Bonham Carter. Those two were meant to play royalty, so they were perfect for their parts as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The King's Speech is about The Duke of York, who eventually becomes King, and his speech impediment. He has a stammering problem, which is bad because he is royalty, and thus is required to make speeches. So his wife, played by the always fantastic Helena Bonham Carter, seeks out the help of an Australian speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. While the Duke/ future King is hesitant about his new speech therapist's methods at first, he soon realizes that he is the only person who can help him. Colin Firth is fantastic in this movie. My heart broke every time he had trouble giving his speeches, and especially during the part where he had trouble talking to his brother, played by Guy Pearce. When his brother called him B-B-Bertie,  I wanted to punch him in the face. And I like Guy Pearce, so that shows how much I was getting into this movie. The scenes with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were definitely the best parts of the movie. From Colin shouting out curse words to Geoffrey Rush getting him ready for his coronation, all the scenes with the two of them are both entertaining and moving at the same time. Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush all deserve their Oscar nominations, and this movie definitely deserved its nomination for Best Picture. My rating: 9/10

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