To most people, stuttering is funny. That's because they don't stutter. But to those inflicted with the problem, it's a daily challenge. In The King's Speech, stuttering has serious national implications.
The King's Speech, the new drama from Tom Hooper, is a superbly written, directed and acted film, a rare beast in the last few years, one well worthy of the Oscar nominations it is inevitably going to receive. It is one of 2010's best movies.
In The King's Speech, Colin Firth delivers the best performance of his career as the Duke of York, who in the 1930's would succeed his father and brother to become King George VI of England. With Hitler promising war, it was more important than ever to have a strong leader - and strong leaders don't stutter. Oh, and King George VI was a stutterer.
His wife (Helena Bonham Carter) enlists the help of Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a respected speech therapist, to help him overcome his speech impediment and become the leader he needs to be.
Hooper is a serious candidate for best director of the year. Though the competition is steep, The King's Speech looks fantastic from beginning to end.
As good as the direction is, the acting is even better. Firth is simply amazing and should be considered the person to beat for best actor of the year. Rush is nearly as good and will provide Christian Bale some competition in the supporting race. Carter is also very good.
The movie superbly balances the dramatic and comedic elements of the story. It is laugh-out-loud funny and yet sincerely moving when it needs to be.
The King's Speech is the feel-good movie of the year, and a historically interesting one as well. Easily one of the year's best, the movie delivers. Highly recommended.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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