The King’s Speech

The King's Speech
Biography
Drama, History
2010

Director: Tom Hooper Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Robert Portal, Adrian Scarborough, Andrew Havill, Charles Armstrong, Roger Hammond, Jennifer Ehle, Freya Wilson, Ramona Marquez, David Bamber, Michael Gambon, Guy Pearce, Patrick Ryecart, Simon Chandler, Claire Bloom, Tim Downie, Eve Best, Timothy Spall, Anthony Andrews, Calum Gittins, Dominic Applewhistle, Ben Whimsett

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth); Best Director (Tom Hooper); Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler)

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Geoffrey Rush); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Helena Bonham Carter); Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Costume Design; Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat); Best Sound Mixing; Best Art Direction

I First Saw In: 2010

Synopsis: The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Quotables: GEORGE: My physicians… s-say it re-laxes the… throat.
LIONEL: Well, they’re idiots.
GEORGE: They’ve all been knighted.
LIONEL: It makes it official then.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Alexandre Desplat’s score was definitely more deserving than Trent Reznor and Atticus Reed’s score for The Social Network. Indeed, I think I’m one of the few people who despised The Social Network; it wasn’t anything remotely spectacular. But we are not discussing that tripe. We are talking about the marvelous masterpiece that is The King’s Speech.

Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter are nothing short of phenomenal, each well deserving of an Academy Award for their respective performances. Sadly, only Firth took home Oscar gold. The other two lost out to Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, both for The Fighter, and both of whom were also deserving of the coveted award. However, I still wish that Rush and Bonham Carter had won.

The speech at the end still sends a shiver down my spine and tears in my eyes, not because it is sad, but because the King perseveres through his stammer. It is easy to surrender ourselves to our struggles, and it shows true courage to persevere through them. The speech encapsulates the very essence of a person’s tenacity in times of difficulty.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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