Well basically for me, a period drama is about as exciting as crochet class at a W.I meeting! I could not honestly care what goes on at Downton Abbey and apparently there was a book written once about Pride & Lettuce?
So when I say "Period Dramas" are not my thing I REALLY mean, they are not my thing.
However, something about this one made both me and my wife want to take a look (and her love of period Dramas puts my own hatred to shame!) So what was it? Well - read on...
The lure of the dashing Mr Firth doing what he apparently does best? or even the inspiring Helena Bonham Carter playing the Queen Mum, fitter than anyone else had ever dreamed? maybe even a young Princess Margaret played by everyones most loveable child star from Outnumbered! Or dare I say it, Wormtail portraying Churchill & Guy from Neighbours as the entitled heir to the throne? The Legendry Gambon playing King George or Geoffrey Rush as Lionel - Friend to Royalty and speech therapist extraordinaire?
Could it be all of the above..............YES!
Everyone in this movie was practically perfect in every way. You could not fault a single performance, and what really pleased me was the humour! Its a funny movie!
I was hooked from the start - feeling like I was accompanying the Duke through his journey to the Throne and feeling his every torment with his stammer.
Everyones funniest bit has to be the barrage of obscenities that reel off Firths tongue as smoothly as silk on a marble floor and it really opens your eyes that in fact - King or no King - everyone needs a few minutes in their life to let rip!!!
The Wallace Simpson story is also brilliantly cast and for me, not actually knowing that much of my own monarchy's history (sorry!) I actually felt amused, educated and pleasantly surprised at how much I embraced this film.
Its not going to be for everyone - but with an open mind and a love of film in all its guises this should strike a chord with most of you. I hope he nails best Actor at the Oscars - its well deserved.
Am I converted to Period Dramas? Absolutely NOT!! There wont be a Kings Speech 2 so no need to go through it again - once was enough and the memory will end happy.
My Sundays are for Top Gear. Downton Abbey can have its place on the other side. not bothered!
I have seen the Kings Speech!! Its an Oscar winner - I am proud to support it and if you are one of the 4000 people that have read this blog over the past 3 months in one of the 9 countries listed - then apologies if this bit of England gushing is too much for you - but what else would you expect?
Love this - Thanks to everyone who told me to see it - you were right!!!
See this if..................................RULE BRITTANIA!!!