I was reluctant to see The King Speech, mainly because films about overcoming obstacles can easily border on ridiculous as they reach for awe-inspiring. But The King's Speech is really unlike anything I have ever seen in recent months.
The King's Speech entails the story of how King George VI came to the throne, despite a debilitating stammer that prevented him from doing something much needed from a monarch-communicating to his people.
Albert, played by Collin Firth, is second in line to the throne. Albert's wife, Elizabeth, tries to find therapies to help her husband's stammer which leads to Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Logue is a speech therapist by day, aspiring actor by night. As the relationship develops between the two, startling things come to light about Albert's past and Logue as well. After the death of his father, King George V, and the scandalous abdication of his brother Edward VIII, the role of King falls to Albert, who is crowned King George VI in a time where Hitler is rising in power and England is heading toward war.
This is arguably the best role Colin Firth has done in recent years. I was quick to place and keep him in the romantic-comedy genre and not expect much else out of him. He made this royal role so accessible and believable, I teared up when he cried out in anixiety about being King.
Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue was amazing as well, as to be expected. The chemsitry between Rush and Firth was undeniable and really something to watch.
Helena Bonham Carter is something of an oddity in the acting world in my opinion. Her role choices are curious and tend to go toward the unconvential side. There's nothing wrong with that, but the idea of her as a proper Englishwoman made me skeptical in the beginning. But she delivered well and her and Firth had a charming chemistry.
My friend and I felt tense with excitement as King George went to deliever his first wartime speech. The story delievered such human moments that made it envitable that the audience would root for his success.I've honestly not felt this invovled in a story for a few months.
The King's Speech is currently nominated for 7 Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), and Best Director.
The 2011 Golden Globes will show this Sunday, January 16th, on NBC.