I have to admit to some trepidation when I got a screener of The King’s Speech. First, I’m more used to lower budget indie movies and wasn’t sure I’d be fair with this movie. Second, I don’t usually enjoy anything that wins an Oscar, so I figured that this would be an exercise in endurance for the ol’ Bad Movie Guy! Well, can I just report, for the record, that I couldn’t have been more wrong!
In case you’ve been under a rock, or lost on a desert island for the past year and a half, The King’s Speech is the tale of King George VI of England, the man who took the throne somewhat reluctantly at the beginning of World War 2. He was a stutterer and wasn’t prepared to take the throne at all. The story is really about the king and Lionel Logue, the Australian who helps George conquer his impediment. The story is about the friendship that these two men forge and how the therapist helps the king become a leader of men. It’s really an inspiring story.
Now, I’d expected to find this movie tedious and dull, but, instead was completely enamored! Colin Firth earned his Oscar in ONE SCENE…that’s right, ONE SCENE and I saw for myself the reason he was given this award. And, Geoffrey Rush is amazing throughout the movie, there’s no stand out moment for him, because he owns every scene he appears in! I even enjoyed Helena Bonham Carter…who usually scares me! The King’s Speech is an amazing movie that will actually make you want to dig out those old history books and find out the real truth behind this story!
I’m giving The King’s Speech 4 out of 4 cigars, if you’ve never enjoyed an Oscar winning movie (like me) then check this one out and you might just find yourself mingling with the majority for once! Grab a copy for yourself…do it, don’t miss this movie…by heading over to http://www.anchorbayent.com.