3- The King’s Speech [6.5]
After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie 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, the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue.
In spite of excellent performances, some films are plagued with the notion of being “Oscar bait.” Unfortunately, The King’s Speech is no exception. Frequently utilizing portrait-esque close-ups, director Tom Hooper doesn’t elevate a terrific script with any visual flair. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush play very well off each other, but ultimately, the film doesn’t rise above its one memorable scene– a scene, in fact, that is now cut out of the film.