The backstory: Already nominated for multiple Golden Globes, Screen Actor's Guild, Critic's Choice Award and Independent Spirit Awards, I was eager to see The King's Speech when it came out on Christmas. It went on to win 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture at the 83rd Oscars.
The basics: Colin Firth plays King George VI of Britain as he tries to stop stuttering to lead England.
My thoughts: With no disrespect to Jeff Bridges, I think Colin Firth should have won the Best Actor Oscar last year for his performance in A Single Man. I think he finally will win Best Actor this year for his amazing performance in The King's Speech. I was mesmerized by his performance. Geoffrey Rush was similarly amazing, and the scenes with the two of them were magnificent. The screenplay was well-written. It captured enough background to place the film in context, but it never let the story get bogged down with its history. I laughed, I cried, and I joined the rest of the audience in spontaneous applause at the film's conclusion. It was a lovely way to spend my Christmas night, and it's a film I will keep recommending to everyone.
The verdict: The King's Speech is the perfect blend of humor, history and inspiration. It's my favorite film of 2010.
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
Length: 118 minutes
Release date: It's in these theaters now
Source: I paid to see it at Albany's finest Spectrum Theatre.
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