When it's over, The King's Speech reaffirms again that Colin Firth is a versatile actor who will most likely get the Oscar for brilliantly portraying King George VI and capturing the inner turmoil of a man who constantly felt "held back" by his stammering. Geoffrey Rush plays the king's speech therapist and friend and does it with such ease and charm that it makes his role so much more poignant. Helena Bonham Carter isn't playing any bizarre character in this film. Instead, she lends humor and delight as Queen Elizabeth, the wife and constant supporter of the king. The cinematography was absolutely stunning in this film and not just panoramically, but also symbolically. The framing of the characters, especially of Firth, suggested a lot of isolation, of feeling diminished, and of being closed in. The director, Tom Hopper, used just the right color pallet of greys, browns, and blacks to depict a time of great dread, fear, and sorrow as the nation was going to war. Even the rich burgandys of royalty was toned down to suggest grandness, but not opulence. This is a film you could see again and again to appreciate the subtle details of every scene.
My rating: 5 out 5