Thursday, January 20, 2011
The King's Speech
An enjoyable night out.
The look of sheer terror on Bertie's (Colin Firth) face as he braced himself for a public speaking duty, made my stomach churn with empathy. Any of us who have faced a seemingly unsurmountable challenge (haven't we all at some time?)recognise that gut-wrenching belt of anxiety. Firth got all the facial expressions and body language of the nerve-wracked to a tee. The kindly speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) who helps him and befriends him, is also brilliant, as are the rest of the line up.
The curmudgeon in me also revelled in the absence of inveterate mobile phone activity on the night. The cinema was filled with "older" (maybe "more mature" sounds better!)viewers who gave their full, undivided attention to the movie.