Summer is here and after a long absence it's finally time for a new movie review don't you think..
The Kings speech is an award winning drama based on a true story, about King George VI's (Colin Firth) struggle with his lifelong speech impediment before and during the second World War. He eventually aquires a speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) to assist him in the art of speech. Through the grueling struggle of coming to terms with his inability to speak correctly and the family scandal that thrusts him onto the throne, King George overcomes adversity and leads his people through the difficult times. All the while creating an unlike friendship between himself and his therapist. The movie is as inspiring as it is well made.
The acting is the first thing to look at in this film. All the primary actors were Oscar nominated and for good reason. Colin Firth gives one of the most compelling and inspirational performances in recent memory. He portays the stuggles and heart-brokeness of King George very realistically. The tension that takes places occurs without a doubt because of these phenominal actors. These performances literally lead you to feel for the characters. Some of the minor characters however were often uninspiring and seemed to slightly drag down the performances of Colin, Helena and Geoffrey, but not enough to overpower the absolute power these actors brought to their roles.
The character of King George is played incredibly well. You can literally see and feel the characters pain. As his story begins to unfold you literally feel sadness and sorry for this character. The speech impediment would be no easy acting task by Colin does it flawlessly, as if he himself was born with the same impediment. How often do characters not fit their roles, in this case Colin fits it realistically and surprisingly well.
Both Elizabeth (Georges' wife) andLionel (Speech therapist) interact with King George on a very personal level. Their performances add a certain drama and suspence as well as a feeling of hurt in the minds of the audience. There seems to be a real bond between the actors making their roles very believable and worthy of their oscar nominations.
The movie direction and pacing was well done. You can certainly feel the tension grow as various circumstances thrust the characters into various roles. The devlopment of the characters while not rushed also does not drag out needlessly long. Just enough information is given when needed to allow the audience to come to know and associate with the various characters. So often do movies sacrifice story for character devlopment to viceversa but this film seems to find that perfect balance. My only complaint however is that occassionally it does seem that the story gets bogged down and seems to drag, however needed it may be. This however is greatly overshadowed by the inspirational and terrifically interesting trials and struggles the audience seems to experience right along side the characters.
Finally the soundtrack associated with the movie never overshadows the performances. The music also seems to blend seemlessly with the era and helps to reinforce important events in the story. At the same time however, the soundtrack often seems to be drowned out and barely noticeable. This is obviously due to the fact that the movie is so focused on the actors that often times extra musical sounds are not needed. However it sure would be nice to hear a little more background abients.
Overall this movie is pure gold. The minor flaws in supporting characters, pacing and soundtrack is no where near terrible enough to overshadow the pure joy I had in watching this film. It's exhilarating and at the same time deep and thoughtful. This movie shows that fancy explosions and car chases aren't need to keep audience engrossed and entertained. This movie recieves a much deserved 9.5/10