So for films that are just on the cinema now, I’ll refrain from posting spoilers in terms of plot development.
But in terms of the King’s Speech, there isn’t really a plot per-se, although that’s not a bad thing.
For you see, The King’s Speech is all about the performances of the actors in my opinion. Yes, it has to be about something, but I’m sure most of you know without having seen it that it’s about King George VI and his speech impediment. I know he starts off as a prince in the film but posting that a prince becomes a king isn’t a spoiler in my book – it’s a bit like ‘spoiling’ a World War 2 movie with the crushing revelation that the Nazis didn’t win.
So to the film itself…
It has a very strong cast full of good actors – and it also has Mike from Neighbours in it too. Speaking of good acting, I have to admit, such was the strength of GeoffreyRush’s performance in the film about the man, my initial thought was “My God, Peter Sellers is in this!” (side note: If you haven’t seen The Life & Death of Peter Sellers, watch it, because it’s brilliant).
But anyway, it’s all about the cast and the way they interact. I’m not one of these sad bastards who will refuse to give credit to Colin Firth because he made his fame starring in ‘Chick Flicks’. He’s bloody good as ‘Bertie’ in this film. He sells the concept of having a stutter – and the frustration and anger than stems from that – very well. He’s not like someone ‘ACTING!!!!!’ having a stutter in my view. You could genuinely believe he has one. Actually, it’s a bit like Jacobi (as I’m sure the luvvies call him) in I Claudius, which is rather ironic since Derek Jacobi is in this film as well, playing the Archbishop. It’s always a sign of a good film when he’s around!
Firth and Jacobi aren’t alone in bringing the quality performances to this film. Geoffrey Rush is likeable as Lionel Logue – the Speech Therapist. His interaction with the King, who can’t really believe a ‘commoner’ would speak to him like he does, makes for some gripping – and at times humourous – viewing.
Helena Bonham Carter is also good as the woman we all know now as ‘The Queen Mother’, and while I may have made a bit of a joke about him earlier on, Guy Pearce does a decent – if slightly over the top – go at playing Firth’s brother King Edward VIII.
Special mention as well much go to the always brilliant Ramona Marquez (Karen from Outnumbered), who almost steals every scene she is in playing the young Princess Margaret. You almost expect her to start going off script and questioning why Firth is ‘talking funny’. And if you haven’t seen Outnumbered, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. WATCH OUTNUMBERED!!
Oh and Timothy bloody Spall plays Churchill. And acts like everyone else who’s ever played Churchill.
Should You Go and See The King’s Speech?
Absolutely. It’s a superb film and is rightly nominated for awards. Going beyond all the analysis about how people act and how good the script is, the true litmus test for a good film in my estimation is how often I check the time while sitting in the cinema, otherwise known as The Stuart Milne ‘Is It Nearly Finished Yet’ Test. And in this film, I didn’t check the time once. I was glued to the screen from start to finish.