DVD: The King's Speech (12)
Friday 06 May 2011
Tom Hooper's determinedly feelgood period piece doesn't delve too much into that ghastly Hitler business, and doesn't address the fact that Winston Churchill was allegedly rather fonder of the abdicating Edward, than his brother, Albert ("Bertie" to his nearest), Duke of York.
So, much like the Jon Bon Jovi actioner U-571, it's not really historically accurate, but it is most damnably the sort of beating-the- odds (and an affliction) tale that Hollywood swoons over. Colin Firth, who, unlike Hugh Grant, has been working very diligently over the past few years deserves much acclaim (if not an Oscar) for his stammering monarch, but it's Geoffrey Rush who provides the acting chops here, as the unconventional and provocative ("I don't care about how many royal arseholes have sat in this chair") Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, who successfully prepares the king for the biggest speech of his life – one to embolden a nation for war with the Nazis.
The King's Speech is essentially an extremely good-looking TV drama held together by the strong, droll chemistry between Firth and Rush. Timothy Spall is frankly ludicrous as Churchill and Helena Bonham Carter wears a beatific smile throughout as Bertie's wife, Elizabeth (the future Queen Mother), but this is no time for royal bashing and you'd have to be a fearful rotter not to be stirred.
There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turningTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 iOS 8 apps and features: eight iPhone settings you need to look at after you install the update
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 5 Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Downton Abbey fans outraged at Kindle sponsorship adverts
Cilla, episode 2, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith continues to shine as the young singer
Foo Fighters: Live 2015 tour dates announced for Sonic Highways
Kendrick Lamar announces new song 'i' following leak
Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God