Here’s my review of “The King’s Speech” from KTKA-49.
There are many ways to make a feel-good picture, but in the movie ‘The King’s Speech,’ the personal triumph that gives audiences a warm glow happens on the national stage with everyone listening.
Prince Albert, played in a wonderfully nuanced performance by Best Actor frontrunner Colin Firth, has had a debilitating stutter since his youth. He’s tried all manner of embarrassing ‘medical cures’ to no avail, so he enlists help from an eccentric commoner played by Geoffrey Rush who tries instead to treat him through psychological means that are certainly not fit for a King.
When he unexpectedly becomes the King, however, the stakes are raised even higher. With the advent of radio and the threat of Hitler upon him, he must now lead England into World War II while the country hangs on his every word.
With its period setting and stable of award-winning British actors, ‘The King’s Speech’ has all the trappings of a prestige picture. It just so happens to be one that lives up to its genre.
There’s certainly a lot of buttoned-up royal attitude and it’s a hoot when that falls away in some scenes, but the relationship between teacher and monarch is what really makes the film worth seeing. It’s completely predictable in every way, but ‘The King’s Speech’ is also an inspirational movie that you don’t have to feel guilty cheering about.