The King’s Speech – Reviews of a British guy, by a British Guy!

Note From Jason:  As many of you know, I’m a big fan of Sam LeGassick’s work over at TheWildbore.Blogspot.com.  In fact, I’ve often had the privilege of having Sam guest post on the site.  Today’s post is one of those posts.  Sam recently wrote a piece on The King’s Speech, a film that to me looked like a stuffy film about a stuffy British guy (sorry Sam!).  Having no real interest in seeing it anytime soon, I thought why not turn the reigns over to a Brit to tell you about a Brit?  Hope you all enjoy Sam’s take on the film.  Show him some love with comments below!  And now on with the show….


The King’s Speech– a Review by Sam LeGassick

Tipped for Oscar-a-plenty, is this Royal prequel to The Queen more than just an ITV Sunday drama?

For me, this film wasn’t even on my radar until I heard the States were going mad for it a couple of months back. What was this British film doing sneaking up on the world? Perhaps I hadn’t been paying attention? Even the director, The Damned United’s Tom Hooper is surprised that it’s taken off how it has. But what makes it so special? The answer is nothing really, and that’s the point. It’s a very safe, very mainstream, very appealable film. Films on the British monarchy always do well in the States, and therefore globally due to their interest in historical figures that they don’t have. I would probably hazard more Americans have set foot inside Buckingham Palace than British people – they just love our monarchy. It is a well-written, perfectly middle-class, middle-brow film that the average cinema-goer and the more upper class families who never really go to the cinema, can all go to and enjoy. But is it really any good?

Surprisingly yes. I’m a bit sick of this recent need to adapt our British monarchy but The King’s Speech dealt with a story I was completely unaware of and was more about the man than the monarch, which made it a lot more interesting. You can’t fault the acting either, Colin Firth, someone I’m not exactly a huge fan of, is extremely impressive as the King with the speech defect but that doesn’t mean he steals the show. In fact, Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen Mother is astoundingly convincing now that she’s stepped back a bit from her Burton charm and Geoffrey Rush as Australian Lionel is as compelling as ever.

The scenes, pace and dialogue are written exquisitely for a writer who has quite a rich TV background but nothing that will particularly ring any bells but the real stand-out achievement, and what will probably be overshadowed by the acting when it comes to the awards, is the directing. Hooper will use certain techniques you might not even realise – such as having the camera on a slight angle, his use of depth and frame, especially the King’s awkward static position on the left hand side of the screen with large spaces to his right and then, as his speech is reeled off, the framing is more dynamic, it moves and swirls around the words and becomes as animated as the speech. It’s these little touches, that will surely be overlooked that is what made the film for me. Had it been a simple point-and-shoot affair, I definitely would not have enjoyed this as much as I did. Instead, Hooper has shown a clear passion in his work and what with all the sets, costumes, props and incredible location work, you can see the results of a film where every detail was cared for and so should it be, it’s about the King after all.

This might be better than The Queen, but it still invites a certain audience that I hate – the old, middle class people. It’s quite strange how similar they are to annoying teenagers, they will laugh out loud, talk during the performance, eat loudly and their love of foul language onscreen (though said by Firth instead of a young ghetto kid is fine) is remarkable. It’s quite strange and worth a visit to the cinema to watch, maybe take your parents? They might be one of them? Obviously for people who think they are more intelligent than people younger than them they miss the subtleties the film has to offer and they will no doubt love the film. It’s catered completely for them, full of cheekiness, faux-intelligentsia content and got some famous faces in it. Perfect. It’s quaint. However, as much as I enjoyed the film, there are more deserving films out there for people’s attentions. It didn’t affect me really and is instantly forgettable – but apparently not for some.

Rating: 7/10

14 thoughts on “The King’s Speech – Reviews of a British guy, by a British Guy!

  1. I really like what you guys tend to be up too.
    This kind of clever work and exposure! Keep up the great works guys I’ve added you guys to blogroll.

    25512;&

  2. I want to to thank you for this fantastic read!! I definitely
    enjoyed every little bit of it. I’ve got you saved as a favorite to check out new stuff you post…

    Feel free to visit my web blog; uggs on sale

    uggs on sale

  3. I have been surfing online greater than 3 hours nowadays, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content material as you
    did, the web will be a lot more helpful than ever before.

    Have a look at my web-site: トートバッグ 推薦

    トートバッグ 推薦

  4. I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also visit this webpage on regular basis to take updated from latest gossip.

    my site; 販売中 カジュアルシューズ
    超安 (Martina)

    Martina

  5. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board
    and I find It really helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to
    give one thing again and help others like you helped me.

    My homepage – ブーツ 高品質 (Austin)

    Austin

  6. These are in fact enormous ideas in on the topic of blogging.

    You have touched some fastidious things here. Any way keep up
    wrinting.

    Mason

  7. Thank you, I have recently been looking for information approximately this topic for a while
    and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered so far.
    However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you certain in regards to the supply?

    My page women Boot men (Camille)

    Camille

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>