Based off the true story of King George VI, the film focuses on how the King finds a friendship and self-confidence while learning how to speak publicly despite his speech impediment.
I didn't know anything about this movie at all, except that Colin Firth won best actor for his performance at The Golden Globes. I was a little hesitant to go see it for fear that it was going to be yet another film about British royalty... boring. But
, as has been the norm this year, I was wrong.
It was fantastic.
Probably my favorite movie I've seen this year. (Even above The Social Network.)
- It flowed. It was easy to watch, follow and love.
- The exchange between the 2 main characters was believable and addictive - I wanted to see more and was sad when the movie was over.
- It was relatable. Royalty? Relatable? In this movie, it was. Which is quite a feat.
- Both C & I teared up at the end, and making C tear up is near impossible. But, during the last speech, you felt the rhythm of the King's breathing, and the anxiety of the crowd listening, and the relief of the Queen once the speech was over. It was a rush of emotions which left you with tears in your eyes, and a deep love for the movie.
Here's the Rotten Tomatoes rating:
My grade: A++
Oscar worthy? Yes. In everything. (except maybe makeup)