The King’s Speech

Title: The King’s Speech
Year: 2010
Length: 118 minutes
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: David Seidler
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Music: Alexandre Desplat (and non-original music)
Oscars: won for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Firth); nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Rush), Best Supporting Actress (Bonham Carter), Best Score, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing
I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Synopsis: a British prince has a crippling stutter

My reaction
Concept:2/4 (Indifferent) A period drama about royalty, AND an inspiring, based-on-a-true-story tale of triumph? Sounds like crap to me. Then again, it’s also the story of a very likable person who just wants to be left alone, which is nice.
Story:2/4 (Indifferent) It’s a corny plot, but it’s handled reasonably well – could have been a lot worse.
Characters:4/4 (Great)
Dialog:3/4 (Good) Tries too hard to be funny. Not that the humor isn’t welcome when it works.
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:4/4 (Great)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great) Very nice to look at. Wonderful sets.
Acting:4/4 (Great)
Music:2/4 (Indifferent) Good music, but overbearing. I mean, Beethoven’s 7th over the climax? Really?
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). Might have been a mediocre and obvious period drama, rescued by great performances.
Objective Rating (Average):3.1/4 (Very good)


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