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Review: The King's Speech

As much as tried, I went into this film hoping to pick faults with it - surely it can't be as good as everyone is making it? There must be some flaws? However, much to my delight, I was wrong. The King's Speech is a moving, witty, feel-good film which was shows that the British film industry is still capable of great things.

The film follows King George VI's ascension to the British throne and his battle to overcome a stammer, against a backdrop of family troubles and the foreboding threat of war. David Seidler's screenplay is exceptionally written, and truly makes this a touching and unforgettable film with perfect elements of humour. The pacing of the film is also spot on, every scene is relevant and makes the 118 minute run time fly past.

Colin Firth's performance is phenomenal. He recently showed with A Single Man, that he is a highly capable actor with great depth, and after The King's Speech this still stands. The audience feel his frustration, fear, isolation and anger - equally down to Hooper's direction, Firth's performance and Seidler's script. Trying to think of a stand out scene is near impossible as Firth shows his great range in throughout the film. Geoffrey Rush also delivers his usual high standard - as the King's speech therapist, Lionel Logue, his casting is perfect. The on-screen chemistry between the actors is exceptional. Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon and Timothy Spall complete the top-notch supporting cast.

This is certainly not to be missed.


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