I went on a date with my mom Saturday afternoon and saw The King’s Speech. In the first ten minutes, I thought “This is going to be one of those movies that mirrors the trailer exactly,” which isn’t an awful thing because the trailer itself is inspiring. But as the movie unfolded, I was pleased to learn I was wrong. There is much more beneath the surface than the obvious feel-good story. It’s a psychological movie—about a man who had never faced his demons (and who was never encouraged to). It’s a technological movie—appreciating the point in time when the original wireless (the radio) changed communication as everyone knew it. Above all, it’s a movie about male friendship, which is the subject of far too few movies in my opinion.
On Sunday I signed on to Facebook and a friend wrote, “Ok, it has to be said: THE KING’S SPEECH is entirely average.” Alas, I guess it’s not for everyone. I also suspect that the hype that surrounds a movie taints the individual’s viewing of it. If you are told this is the greatest movie ever, then it’s bound to underwhelm. If only we could watch movies with no preconceived notions whatsoever. For the record I’m not saying it’s the greatest movie ever, I’m simply saying I liked it. The only other Oscar contender for Best Picture I’ve seen is Black Swan. I vote this over that for Best Pic!