Colin Firth might need to practice a few speeches of his own
When it comes to awards season there is always one film that seems to have been made specifically with the little bald statue in mind. This year it’s The King’s Speech.
Royalty (complete with taut regal accents), struggle with adversity, childhood abuse, class difference, heart-warming story, powerhouse performances – it just about ticks every box. Despite this The King’s Speech manages to shine. This is mainly due to the performances.
Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush play their parts with true gusto. The former managing to hide his usual English poise beneath convincing ticks and stammering. The latter relishing his character’s lack of boundaries with a cheeky glint in his eye.
The story centres upon the unlikely relationship between Firth’s uptight prince (and later king) and Rush’s eccentric speech therapist.
As Bertie (later King George) begins to face more time in the public eye, he desperately seeks help for his debilitating stammer. From awkward beginnings to the obvious bust-up and the touching finale – the two male leads take what could’ve been a schmaltzy made-for-TV movie and turn it into a masterclass in acting.
Also sure to be on the awards circuit is Helena Bonham Carter – almost unrecognizable without her standard crazy wig. She expertly plays Queen Elizabeth (we know her as the Queen Mum) with a restrained feistiness that perfectly balances out the testosterone love-fest of the two leads.
The King’s Speech is a genuine feel-good film – and I defy you to leave the cinema and without adopting a faux regal accent!
The King’s Speech is in cinemas now.