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The King’s Speech is a simple enough film. It is about a man that has to overcome his stuttering issue to be able to give speeches. By the way, did we mention that he is the King of England on the cusp of going to war with Germany. This is our topic of the week on The Extended Play Movie Podcast, as we continue out Best Picture rundown. As some films in Academy history, many don’t stand the test of time. This picture does.

When you have an eye for films, you can tell this movie was shot on a low budget. That is what makes certain movies more powerful when they don’t have the comfort of computer-generating an entire pre-World War II civilization. What manages to overcome the technical limitations is the performances by the cast. Colin Firth, who is a favorite of mine, play Bertie. His comfort with the stammer is amazing from an actor’s standpoint. Geoffry Rush as Lionel manages to dance around the screen as more of a foil to Firth’s proper English visage.

The film manages to color itself with the oncoming storm of World War II, and that a man that must be confident in his own skin. This will be the man that will show the confidence of the country. The film is beautifully shot, scored, and directed. There are some people that call it for omitting the backstory of King Edward, but it wasn’t part of the main story. Films like these, and last week’s Argo, are not historical documents. They are entertainment based on history.

The film itself is a joy to watch. The set design pulls you in and makes you forget that we know the outcome of this story. The King’s Speech is for those people that would like to become director’s and have limited budgets. For many people, it should be a remind that computer graphics will not save the film. Many times, they distract from it. Story is the most important part of your film. Just watch this film and notice it.

 

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“Prevues of Coming Attractions” (HD Remaster) – RamtroStudios

 

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