Monday, January 31, 2011

The Dork Review: The King's Speech

Wow, it's been awhile since I've gotten out to see a movie. Good thing I picked a good one to go see!

The King's Speech was amazing. There is no other way to adequately describe this movie. If you're a history buff with an interest in World War II or the British monarchy then this is a must see.

Let me set the stage for you. We start in the 1920's where a nervous Prince of England, second in line to the throne, has to give a speech in Wembly Stadium to be broadcast across the wireless, something still new enough that it takes getting used to. The Prince steps up to the mike and...

Nothing. He's a stutterer and he bombs, bombs like the Germans bombed London. From there we get to see the steps being taken to cure him of his stutter and to the time he meets Lionel, the speech therapist that understands the root cause of his problem and is brave enough to help him through it.

Colin Firth's performance as Bertie was amazing. Geoffry Rush as Lionel was magnificent, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Bertie's wife was superb. Of course, they had an astounding cast surrounding them, including many famous faces from English cinema. Watching this movie you will have numerous "Hey, I know that guy!" moments.

I recommend going to see this film. I was interested when I first heard about it with the Oscar announcements, and it more than exceeded my expectations.

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