Prince Albert (Colin Firth) has a stutter. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham-Carter) is very supportive and together they’ve tried almost every doctor. Finally, Elizabeth turns up Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a failed actor who tries unconventional methods. Albert is hesitant about the whole thing but since his father King George V (Michael Gambon) grows older and weaker and his brother David (Guy Pearce) is unreliable and uninterested, he decides to go for it anyway.
The King’s Speech is an excellent film, with an amazing cast and a very good script (by David Seidler). The set and costume design was brilliant, too. I just didn’t like the camerawork very much.
This really is a fantastic film – starting with Colin Firth’s amazing performance. It’s not easy to stammer believably, and to do it while acting is even harder. But Colin Firth has no problem whatsoever with it. But he’s not the only good actor: Geoffrey Rush is wonderful. Helena Bonham-Carter is even better. And all those great people that are paraded in the supporting roles: absolutely great. I only had my problems with two: Timothy Spall doesn’t make for a great Winston Churchill – he seems to be more of a parody. And Guy Pearce, while great in the role, just looks too young to be Colin Fith’s older brother. [But those are just minor squabbles.]
I also really loved the set and costume design. Lionel’s office alone should make the Art Direction Oscar a safe bet here (not that Inception wouldn’t absolutely deserve it, either). And the soundtrack was wonderful, too. Alexandre Desplat should get his own statue.
The cinematography didn’t do that much for me, though – especially the use of the fisheye lense in a few instances actually bothered me. It felt gimmicky and didn’t fit with the rest of the film. But it never got too distracting.
I simply loved the script. David Seidler makes this story into a personal, touching account but never forgets the humor, either. The swear tirades alone are awesome, but Lionel’s disrespectful behavior regarding royalty is even better.
Summarising: You’re probably going to see it no matter what I say – and you should.