February 16, 2011

Haiku Revieu: The King's Speech

The King's Speech (*****)

Prince has a stutter
Nobody solves his problem
Best friends forever

Not the most telling of reviews, today, but I did really love the film. The main characters—played by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter—were amazing. Bertie's stutter, and his anger at it, was super believable. Lionel was fantastic, and took no crap. I can see why they, and the movie as a whole, are up for so many awards.

The only casting I didn't particularly like was Timothy Spall (known for his role as Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail in the Harry Potter series) as Winston Churchill. I just can't really stand to look at the man, as terrible as that sounds.

I laughed a ton during the movie and was moved too. There wasn't a ton of action, nor were the underlying problems fully addressed, but I enjoyed the story and the cinematography was great. In all, a very good night at the movies.


  1. I have heard wonderful things about this movie but in my attempt to save money I am waiting till it comes out on DVD. Side note... I have a crush on Colin Firth :)

  2. You have excellent taste, Brandi. :D

  3. i can't stand to look at spall either!!! he's in the last samurai (maybe i shouldn't but i totally love this movie) and he is like a dark spot in the film for me.
    haven't seen kings speech yet (baby sitters are expensive) but i really want to check it out. thanks for the haiku.

  4. I felt the same way abotu wormtail in this movie! He just wasn't a good fit for the role (though excellent in Harry Potter and in a bunch of other movies I've seen him in). I think it's because Churchill is a very famous man with very well known looks/personality; he's become a charicature, and wormtail certainly played it as such.

    The movie was fabulous though.

  5. Erin-You're right about the caricature. He's definitely an icon that people think they know how to play right, but it often comes off too silly (?) for me.