Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #93 The King’s Speech

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 6:32 AM

Movie #93 The King’s Speech

(2010, UK, d. Tom Hooper)

The King’s Speech holds easily the best performance from a male I’ve seen all year and to be honest, one of the best I’ve ever seen. But more than that, this film is so wonderfully rooted in its brilliant writing that it’s very hard for it to misstep. It’s funny and inspirational, and (quite contrary to yesterday’s movie), never tries to force an emotion out of the audience. It tells the true story of how Henry VI (played by Colin Firth) loses his stutter and finds his voice in front of the English people as the new King with the help of his personable speech therapist (played delightfully by Geoffrey Rush). A beautifully and powerfully told story, The King’s Speech is more than the little film that could; it’s the little film that should. I hate to compare, but as the end of the year rounds up, I feel I am forced to do so: I thought it was better than Black Swan and probably on the same tier as Inception. Colin Firth’s performance is worth the price of a ticket alone. Considering the list of potential nominees for the prestigious award, I’m betting it’s he who walks away with this year’s Oscar for Best Actor. It’s that rare film that can set itself in the 1930’s and yet still captivate a 21st century crowd.

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