Thursday November 23rd 2017

The King’s Speech

I feel like every movie review in Gotham Hollywood goes likes this…

The movie was great. I loved it. Perfect acting. Awesome sound. Stellar music. Near flawless.

Is it really my fault that 2010 produced some of the greatest movies of my lifetime? I say 2010 because I’m just getting around to seeing all of the films yielded from last year.

The latest movie I finally caught up with? The King’s Speech.

The King’s Speech has got to be one of the most well-done movies I have ever seen. What exactly constitutes “well-done” you might ask? Let me tell you.

Let’s begin with the acting, shall we? Colin Firth as King George VI is phenomenal. It is painful to watch him fight through his stammer, which makes the film that much more personal to the viewer. By the end, you’re dying for him to overcome not only his speech impediment, but also his own insecurity. Firth nails it. He absolutely nails it.

Supporting Firth is the inimitable Geoffrey Rush as the speech therapist. Rush is entertaining and moving as the failed actor turned therapist turned still-trying-to-make-it-as-an-actor actor. He is incredible in this film.

Playing Firth’s wife is Helena Bonham Carter. Her role is minor but she makes it shine as an enjoyable queen. Also in the film, Guy Pearce, is stellar as Firth’s brother.

The acting was spot-on.

On to the music. Simple as this: The music was unbelievably moving and emotional. The flawless acting is complemented by one of the best scores I’ve heard recently in a film. During the movie, I never knew if my goosebumps were from the music or the acting, but I know now it was from both.

The cinematography was incredible as well. The way the camera work focused on Firth while engorging the user with the environments that surrounded him was simply breathtaking.

A great movie does not require action, special effects or a complex story with an unforgettable ending. A great movie needs flawless acting, perfect music and breathtaking cinematography. The King’s Speech, with a simple yet memorable story, has all three of these elements.

There’s no surprise that this film received the most nominations for this year’s Academy Awards. If you haven’t seen this yet, make sure you get it on your schedule. It is easily one of the best films of 2010.

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