The King’s Speech Review

To put it as simply as possible, The King’s Speech is an art house feel-good film that was directed well and performed to literal perfection. On paper, the story of The King’s Speech doesn’t sound that moving. The tale of King George VI, his speech impediment and the friendship he acquires through working with a highly peculiar speech therapist by the name of Lionel Logue. Put on the screen and what you get is nothing short of a fantastic movie.

The story is a fascinating one filled with fun moments and dramatic ones, but there are also times where its filled with bleak ones and in that way, the film becomes real and heart-warming and when times are good. Some may find the film slow, but its not an obnoxiously long film like some could be that center around a period like this. It tells exactly what needs to be told and tells it well. After watching, you’re not only happy because you just watched a good movie, you’re happy because of the outcome of the story.

The film deserves praise, as do the people who helped contribute to the making of it, but the real praise belongs to the performers. The only way a film like this could possibly work was if fantastic actors were performing in top form. That is exactly the case with King’s Speech. Just the supporting cast was fantastic. Helena Bonham Carter’s character wasn’t given much room to breath, but for what she was given she was breathtaking.

The real performances to note were the two main characters. Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue. Both were absolutely brilliant. In The King’s Speech, what you get is two entirely different characters performed flawlessly. I loved every aspect of both performances, I truthfully can’t say whose performance I found more moving. Sure the character Lionel Logue might be more entertaining, but on a performance level both actors were nothing short of spectacular and a truly perfect pair that complimented each other to no end.

The King’s Speech is just an example of a great film. It tells a story that is both deep and inspirational , while at the same time never failing to entertain. Substance like this could’ve easily fallen flat, but it never once lets up. That might be in part based on the fact that we are watching two amazing performers give some of the greatest performances of their careers. The King’s Speech is a film I highly recommend if you’re planning to get some enjoyment out of going to the theater.

Grade: A

The Fighter Review

The Fighter was a pretty great film that brought you on an emotional ride to say the least. It was a film that I didn’t have much interest in because I’m not a huge fan of sports movies for the most part. The film kept getting hyped, as did Christian Bale’s performance so I felt the need to get out there and see for myself. The Fighter certainly got it right in the way that it focused not only on the main character’s triumphs in the ring, but also his intensely dramatic family life due to a mother who fails to let go of her children and his brother who can’t seem to stop screwing up.

So, yes, The Fighter did offer a little bit more than the average boxing movie, but at the end of the day. Its really nothing I haven’t seen before. The Fighter really just offered the same underdog story that’s been trampled over thousands of time. Don’t get me wrong, it was done well, but it’s definitely been done better in the past. Some might argue that its different because this movie delved into his personal life as well. It certainly did, but that’s also nothing new. That being said, The Fighter as I said before was a pretty great film. It just wasn’t amazing.

One thing that was amazing about it was Christian Bale’s performance. I’ve always been a Christian Bale fan, but his performance in this blew me away. He was phenomenal. Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest performances he’s ever given. The rest of the cast did a bang up job as well. I was never a big Wahlberg fan, but he did pretty decent and the supporting characters all held their own and very well for that matter. Christian Bale was the real treat though.

There were particular moments in this film where you were very moved on an emotional level by what was going on, on screen. Some would include the main character getting beaten by the cops for attempting to help his brother or when his sisters come to attack his “MTV” girlfriend. The parts that didn’t really move me were the actual fights. I was moved by the outcome and what was occurring during the fights, but not by the way the fights were shot.

A movie such as this one should capitalize on its fights, and shooting one should be an art form all its own. Just look at Scorsese’s work in Raging Bull. Thirty-years-old and those boxing matches are still just as breathtaking today. The fights in The Fighter however, were a bit dull. I want to feel more involved in a boxing movie and with this one I wasn’t really given that chance. I felt like the director was aiming to show the fights as if they were on T.V. and it didn’t work for me.

All and all, I could truly understand why people might fall in love with this film based on its content. Its just not the most enjoying thing for me to watch especially since I can be enjoyed in the same way with better movies. However, I don’t want people to get the wrong idea. I’m not trying to trash The Fighter. It was a good movie, it just wasn’t spectacular.

Grade: B