Directed by: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Sure, I waited until May to watch last year’s “best picture”, but to put things in perspective, I still haven’t seen Slumdog Millionaire. So this is actually pretty quick, for me.
The King’s Speech is about how King George VI had a speech impediment, which really sucked for him as radio had just become the popular means of conveyance for politicians. Finally he finds a speech therapist that works for him (Rush), and manages to get good enough at speaking that he makes a speech about the start of WWII. That’s pretty much it.
The story is a little threadbare, but the performances of both Firth and Rush make it an enjoyable watch anyway. Actually, I’m just going to go ahead and say that Geoffrey Rush completely and totally makes this movie. He’s goddamn excellent as this weird, lanky speech therapist who uses more psychological methods than physiological to help his patient. Firth is good too, but Rush… Damn, he’s a good actor.