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Breaking the Barriers: The King’s Speech

May 6, 2011

You might be wondering why this movie review is so outdated that it might be irrelevant already. Apparently, the movie will hit the Philippine theaters on May 11. Yes that late, but it is such a fine movie that I suggest that everyone watch it in the theatres.

The movie tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

Here are the top 5 reasons why I love this film:

  1. The tremendous research that the producers did to make this film appealing to the modern audience. I’ve stated in my past reviews that I love period films. There is just this quiet romanticism that the tones, the setting, and this snapshot of history always brings me to a different world. 
  2. Amazing cast. Helena Bonham Carter said upon receiving the Best Ensemble award from the Golden Globes that she thinks that their cast really deserves that award. (Such a witty remark I must say.) Well she’s right, although some might say she was arrogant, I must say that further research was done to make Queen Elizabeth 2’s mother became Queen Elizabeth 2’s mother. Such composure and poise that is fit for a royal. Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth was stellar as usual. It was just too bad that Christian Bale was really striking in The Fighter that he overshadowed Geoffrey Rush’s performance in this film.
  3. The Plot. There was a perfect balance on the different moods in the film. I think the film was able to really lead the audience on the King’s journey in overcoming his stutter and overcoming his fears as he becomes the new King of England.  The film has this quiet confidence, with of course the help of the ensemble cast.
  4. Cinematography. It is not obvious that I think that this is a perfect film isn’t it? I just loved how the setting goes with the different scenes in the film. I love Lionel’s office, the imperfections and the shabbyness of it, because it depicts how the King feels inside in such a subtle manner. The use of different camera angles which engages us to the environment of the characters, as well as the tones and the music.
  5. It just deserves the Best Picture award. A lot will disagree, but the moment I saw this film, I’m sure it is gonna win! To hell with 10 level dreams. ;)

Overall, this is a film that everyone NEEDS to watch. Ratings says it all:

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