THE KING'S SPEECH (Tom Hooper)
THE KING'S SPEECH is irresistible entertainment featuring sharp performances from Colin Firth and especially, Geoffrey Rush. I haven't seen BIUTIFUL yet, but if Bardem will concede, the Oscar is all for Colin Firth. I am retracting my money on Eisenberg. But what do we know?
Though there are criticisms of historical inaccuracies (http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jan/31/the-kings-speech-gross-falsification) Tom Hooper's film is more about overcoming physical disabilities and embracing leadership during a time of crisis. Moreover, THE KING'S SPEECH is an engaging tale of the relationship among two very different people.
Helena Bonham Carter is also effective playing the Queen of England. Quirky, but thoughtful.
During that final scene, I felt as the characters felt during "The King's first wartime Speech"-uneasy. And for that, the film deserves an Oscar, at least for Firth's powerful performance.
Nevertheless, there is a great deal of thrill to be felt as soon-to-be King George VI (Firth) and his speech therapist Lionel Logue (Rush) navigate through the words to groom an unwilling leader into his ascension to the throne. There is excitement in the preparation process.