I watched “The King’s Speech” with extremely high expectations. Afterall, it swept most of the awards so far, and is basically a shoe in for best picture at the oscars. To be honest, I loved most of it, but I still felt like something was missing. Let’s put it this way: I expected a masterpiece, and all I got was a good movie instead. There’s still no doubt in my mind that the story is cleverly laid out, and that Colin Firth will probably win an oscar for his brilliant performance (possibly the best of his career). The movie gives us a fascinating look into the struggles faced by George VI (Firth) on his way to becoming the next King of England. The man suffers from a bad case of stuttering, and in order for him to become a respected King, he must overcome this problem one way or another. But the heart of the movie is the relationship between him and Lionel Logue (a wonderful Geoffrey Rush), the speech therapist who helped him overcome his speech problems and eventually became one of his closest friends. Both actors did a tremendous job portraying these historical figures and it really is a treat to watch them.
“The King’s Speech” doesn’t forget the human connections with its audience aswell, and I think this is the reason why it ranked among the best movies of 2010 (regardless of the fact that I wanted it to be even greater than it really was). It is critical that we like this man, regardless of who he is, and we do. We want him to succeed, to have his “moment”, and I loved that about it. I found myself rooting for him, eventhough I basically knew nothing about him prior to watching this film. Director Tom Hooper hits all the right notes with his movie, showcasing his actors at their very best, and bringing the period of the 1930’s to life with amazing skill and an incredible eye for details. Moviegoers who think of period piece as dull and uninteresting should put their prejudices aside and watch this exceptional movie. It really is one of the highlights at this year’s oscars, and it shouldn’t be missed.