Saturday, January 1, 2011

The King's Speech: Leaves You Speechless

The Movie Slut is still pissed. Don't tell her that Colin Firth didn't deserve the best actor Oscar last year for his role in "The Single Man." Now the Academy can redeem itself by awarding him the Oscar for "The King's Speech."
Firth plays King George VI, the stammering monarch. Most of the movie takes place when his father is still alive, and before his brother abdicated the thrown "for the woman he loved." Still, the speech impediment dominated his life.
Enter Geoffry Rush, a self-proclaimed (quack?) speech pathologist, and the movie is off. Much of the film revolves around the relationship, based on mutual respect and affection, which is forged between the royal and the commoner.
Helena Bonham Carter is pitch perfect as the king-to-be's ever-supportive wife.
The scene in which the new king delivers a BBC speech on the eve of WWII will stand out in the Movie Slut's memory as a high point in big-screen entertainment.
It doesn't hurt that it's set to the second movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony.
Movie Slut Rathing: Five out of five lipsticks.

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