The King's Speech Directed by: Tom Hooper Starring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush Rating: R Release Date: November 24, 2010
TRAILER SCORE: 8/10
MY THOUGHTS: I'm always wary of movies that brag about their Oscar buzz from the get go. Then again, it might be the case that they're still trying to make up for Colin Firth not getting the Oscar for his memorable performance in A Single Man. AMPAS always seems to be trying to make up for something with their Oscar politics, but that's neither here nor there. For what it's worth, this one actually seems to be worth the Oscar buzz. In a day and age where just about every other story is a remake, The King's Speech seems to bring a breath of fresh air. More importantly, it's exactly the type of charming and quirky story that made me love Mrs. Henderson Presents but in a very different manner. Both of them use humor and deal with serious subjects, such as Europe at war, but what seems to be most refreshing about The King's Speech is that it's able to find humor in real life situations without feeling too contrived. Whether the movie executes this as well as the trailer does has yet to be seen, but if that humor that's seen in this trailer is this movie has already done something impressive. As a comedy fan, I have to admit that some movies sacrifice storytelling to get a few laughs, but The King's Speech looks like it has a little something for everyone.