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?


  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.

  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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