by easyeights

No subtitles! No menu! 

The rental DVD was sorely lacking in any function – save to say that it behaved exactly like a VCD, only in high definition.

Any further flaws were rendered minor in comparison to the stuttering, stammering mess that was Colin Firth. As the Duke of York and subsequently King George VI, he gave a brilliantly moving performance as the monarch who feared public speaking more than he did anything else in his lifetime.

What I liked best

The King’s Speech is an unstintingly over-the-top portrayal of the challenges King George VI faced in overcoming his lifelong speech impediment. Together with his elocution teacher and eventual friend Lionel Logue (played by a thoroughly brilliant Geoffrey Rush), the king eventually reads a rousing radio broadcast in a pivotal scene towards the end of the film.

The part where Logue encourages the king to swear in order to remove his inhibitions were among the more hilarious methods used in his treatment. I believe Logue spoke for audiences everywhere when he remarked, “I believe that’s a side of you we rarely get to see.”

What I did not like

Nothing except for the lack of subtitling which made it hard to follow the clipped accents at times.

What I feel really sad about

That it sacrificed some historical accuracy for drama. Granted, it made it a lot more watchable on the whole, but it would have been nice to see the excellent costumes and props put to some authentic use. (Okay, I’m just being a whiny bitch here. There’s nothing to be sad about.)

Rating: 5/5