Sunday 30 January 2011

92: Review - The King's Speech

CAUTION: Yen's blog contains harsh language and even harsher notions of propriety. Reader discretion is advised.

The King's Speech
16 Jan 2011. Location: Cinema

Very, VERY good. Very Engaging, even if the main characters are slightly too stand-offish to make it truly 'moving'.

Only criticism (and this is becoming a theme)... 'slightly' too long. If you've seen the overly-long trailer, and you appreciate the way movies work, you already know what's going to happen. This kind of movie doesn't (and can't) work with a complete downer-ending*. This film isn't about 'what' happens as much as 'how' it happens. With that in mind, it gets a bit ponderous in the last-third, and I felt myself getting a bit impatient. I appreciate that history dictates the narrative here, but even at his most vunerable, Firth's character is deeply (if accurately) flawed. I wanted to like him more, but couldn't.


* I know he's not exactly singing and dancing on the table at the end, but again 'history dictates' that this is the happiest it's going to be.

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.

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