The King’s Speech ***

Running time: 118 mins  Certificate: 12A

Synopsis: Prince George (Firth), known as Bertie trust overcome his stammer, when his brother abdicates the throne and war looms. He reluctantly turns to Aussie speech therapist Lionel Logue (Rush), whose methods are unconventional.

 

After much hype and glowing reviews the biggest question is, does it live up to the hype. Unfortunately the answer is a resounding no. While there is some things that work very well within the piece. THe film suffers from the same problems that made The Queen a dull run of the mill biopic.

The performances are good, but not outstanding, Colin Firth who seems to be a shoe in for the Best Actor Oscar gives a sympathetic performance, although he appears to have copied Michael Palin’s role in A Fish Called Wanda. Bonham Carter tries her best with what has been given to her. While Geoffrey Rush is the best thing in this film. He is given the best funny lines and makes more of a screen impact than Firth. If there were any justice he would be the one winning the Oscar.

The script is comprised of two way conversations and mini scenes that are linked together. If the film were thirty minutes shorter this may have been a powerful drama. But it feels like something that would have worked better on stage rather than in the cinema.

If it were not for Rush this would be an average TV movie of the week, instead of a good TV movie of the week.

 

Reviewed by Paul Logan

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