Colin Firth gives one his best performances of his career. The stutter was very well done and his English charm suits his portrayal of royalty perfectly. I was loudly cheering for him when he won the Golden Globe. I think he has a very good chance of winning the Oscar also.
The encounters between Firth and Geoffrey Rush’s character, Lionel Logue, were my favorite. They brought a nice humoristic tone to the film. I just kept laughing at the “Bertie” comments. The base of their relationship starts somewhat professional. Later on, the story lets the bond blossom until it turns into a very real friendship.
I loved the setting. One of the things I noticed first was the placing of the couch where Logue helps Prince Albert of his stammer. It’s set against a beautiful, abstract wall that flows well with the sentiments of the main character. The locations of the movie were very well chosen and describe the historic events ideally.
Firth’s character is so well constructed that you anxiously root for him in the final scene. When you have to explain the content of the film in one sentence one might say: “The story of King George VI struggling to get rid of his stammer”. And technically that is what it is. But the core of this movie goes so much deeper than that. Besides a man facing his fears, it’s about a friendship that arises with mutual respect and understanding.