No, Colin Firth is not my favorite Mr. Darcy and my love for Matthew Macfadyen is undiminished. However, that clarification made, I have never said I do not admire and appreciate Colin Firth both in his stellar turn as Mr. Darcy or as an actor over all. Yet I will admit that until seeing The King’s Speech, Mr. Firth was not on my Top 10 List of personal favorite actors. Well, I believe that has now changed!
This movie is phenomenal! I attended a viewing on Friday with my husband, daughter, and several ladies from my JASNA Region. All of us were excited about seeing this movie that has won several awards already – Colin Firth the Golden Globe and SAG Best Actor, just to name two – and been nominated for an astounding 12 Academy Awards and 14 BAFTAs! Our reasons varied slightly: They wanted to see Colin and a good movie; I wanted to see a historical film that sounded terrific and happened to star Colin! In the end we all agreed that whatever drove us into the theater, the end results is that we were moved and blown away by a superior film.
The synopsis on the official website–
After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle. Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING’S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch’s quest to find his voice.
I honestly cannot recommend this movie highly enough. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Will it win the Oscar? Who knows. I will be rooting for Mr. Firth, Geoffrey Rush (a longtime favorite), and the divine Helena Bonham Carter. When it comes to Best Picture it is a toss up between The King’s Speech and Inception. That is a toughie for me. Needless to say, I’ll be happy either way.