While on my final teaching placement I haven't found very much spare time to blog... but after going to see The King's Speech today I have been compelled to break my blogging silence. It's most definitely the best film I've seen in a while. It has already achieved critical acclaim with critics saying "you'll be lost for words" and that Colin Firth "gives a masterful performance" - both of which, I wholeheartedly agree with! I urge you all to go see it!
One of the challenges with making a film based on a true story is that the audience invariably knows what happens in the end. Film makers have to be able to keep audiences engaged with the story and the characters in spite of the "predictable" plot. But The King's Speech was totally absorbing and I completely forgot I was sitting in the cinema: somthing rather rare. The film provided a window into the world of the Royal Family and despite it's rather gloomy Pre-World War II setting it is ultimately uplifting and is very funny.
Colin Firth was utterly brilliant as King George VI (or "Bertie" to friends and family). His performance was stunning, with emotions covering the entire spectrum. Whilst watching you really felt for Bertie and the relationship with Queen Elizabeth was lovely, as was the budding friendship with Lionel Logue.
There was another fantastic performance from the wonderful Helena Bonham Carter. She was brilliant as Queen Elizabeth AKA The Queen Mum, adding a touch of humour.
Geoffrey Rush was equally fantastic (despite the old ladies in the row in front of me saying at the end of the film "I didn't see Geoffrey Rush, did you?" I think they must have been a tad confused, because his role featured rather heavily I'd say! One might even say he was integral to the film, being the stammering King's Speach Therapist, Lionel Logue. Bless 'em!) and should any one of them be up for Oscars this year, then they will be thoroughly deserved!