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Sunday, April 15, 2012

The King's Speech by Tom Hooper, 2010 (R)

with Colin Firth (The English Patient, Tinker Tailor Solder Spy, A Single Man), Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows), Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce, The Hurt Locker), Michael Gambon (Assassin in Love), Timothy Spall, Jennifer Ehle (Michael Clayton), Derek Jacobi, Anthony Andrews, Eve Best

Britain's King George VI (Colin Firth) struggles with an embarrassing stutter for years until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) in this biographical drama that chalked up multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Logue's pioneering treatment and unlikely friendship give the royal leader a sense of confidence that serves him and his country well during the dark days of World War II.

Geoffrey Rush is an amazing actor. So is Colin Firth. The other actors are great as well, but you mostly remember the dialogues, actions, reactions from these two. They are a perfect mismatch. One all in contained attitude, proper code, and dissatisfied choices of life. The other breaking all these one step at the time, no more etiquette involved, until his goal is achieved. Which leads, in this drama, to a very comical set of situations. Absolutely delightful. But the story is a drama, we're talking here about the context, World War II, the situation, death of the old king, facing your greatest weakness by showing it to your entire country. It is a really well balanced movie, beautifully human, a fascinating inside look at one of the most unreachable family in the world.


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