The King's Speech

Colin Firth just won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of King George VI (father of Queen Elizabeth II, whom we're familiar with in present day) in Tom Hooper's The King's Speech.  His performance is fantastic.  The king had a speech impediment and sought the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue, played brilliantly by Geoffrey Rush.  The two play very well off of one another.  They have a splendid script to work off written by David Seidler.  Hooper is relatively young (38) and brings a certain sharpness to the edit that keeps this period piece moving in a modern fashion.  The cinematography is gorgeous - painterly at times and photographic portraiture in others.  

The film is quietly paced and at times frustrating - a clear choice to help the audience feel what this monarch's disability was like.  The film builds to an iconic speech the king made as Britain entered the second world war.  Trailer here!  Check it out before Oscar-time!

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