Written December 23, 2010
The King's Speech has everything a great drama should--great characters, great actors, great direction, and a great script. Most writers take a shortcut, relying on cliches, stereotypes, and audience expectations and, in my opinion, always disappoint. They're requiring the audience to do their job. The King's Speech is one of those few films that actually develop the characters, even the minor ones, and does so wonderfully. Through small actions (the king stuttering through a story to his daughters, for example), we understand this man more and more as the movie progresses. The dialog is clever and never trite or attempting a cheap laugh or shock. There's no sex scenes or car chases or even war footage to give a cheap thrill and fill in empty spaces. While this script and the direction is so good it probably could have been a good movie with unknown actors, the exemplary cast makes it an extraordinary film.
Written November 22, 2010
helena was AMAZING as always:D
Written December 20, 2010
Slow to build, and not as climactic as you would hope (wanting to walk out emotionally moved), the acting by all -- Firth, Rush, Carter - was superb and capitvating. The factual storyline (i.e., the King's little girls are the current Queen and her sister) made it easy to feel so pained for the King and the Royal Family. Nevertheless, I only wanted more of a crescendo on how strong the relationships were or how convincingly the King overcame his obstacles and inspired and calmed his nation under the stresses and fears of World War II.
Written November 30, 2010
A fascinating story and beautiful performances by everyone, but especially Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter, make this the best English language film I've seen this year.