Tuesday, May 10, 2011

the king's speech

photo: David Barrie

If you haven't seen The King's Speech, stop reading my blog and go rent it.  (Or buy it here and support my blog.)

I thought I was going to hate the movie for two reasons: it had been really hyped by nearly everyone I knew, and  a best picture win at the Academy Awards nearly guarantees I'll either hate or love the film.  (Proof: Gladiator - love.  American Beauty - hate -- I still don't care about the stupid plastic bag.)

Curiosity drove me to queue The King's Speech on Netflix, but I assumed it would end up a tiresome way to score husband points by enduring a period drama.

I was pleasantly shocked to discover that The King's Speech quickly endeared itself to me.  Here are some quick hits about why I enjoyed the film:
Casting - perfect
Script - brilliant
Acting - believable
Cinematography - visually arresting
Direction - keen
Score - beautiful
Story - engaging and inspiring

Initially, I dreaded most the idea of another historical piece with completely inaccessible characters - after all, I find myself having very little in common with Mr. Darcy.  I was pleasantly shocked, however, to find myself understanding and identifying with the plight of a stuttering, would-be British noble.

The King's Speech compelled me most in its humanity: aspiring beyond one's station in life, a fiercely loyal friend to help push forward through seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and a wife whose hope selflessly surpassed her husband's hope for himself.

Don't watch it with kids because long strains of profanity play a delightful role in the Duke of York's recovery, but definitely watch it as soon as humanly possible.

Have you seen it?  What did you think?

2 comments:

  1. I'd had The King's Speech from Netflix for a few days, but made sure to get it watched last night. Good movie, but for some reason I found myself comparing it to The Fighter (I suppose because both were nominated for Best Picture) and found that I liked The Fighter much more. It might be that I just couldn't sympathize or identify with a monarch, or even the idea of royalty. If you haven't yet, check out The Fighter.

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  2. That's interesting. I have seen The Fighter, and I did not feel like it lived up to the hype for me personally.

    That makes sense, though. Te characters in The Fighter were probably more relatable, but I had trouble identifying a real hero in that movie.

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