The Kings Speech and more
Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Moon Bloodgood, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Maggie Grace
Yawn. It’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in yet another high octane action film, this time playing an angry ex-con who goes after the men who wronged him during a heist. The double cross actually cost his brother his life. After a string of family films—The Game Plan, Tooth Fairy, Planet 51, Race to Witch Mountain—fans will be happy to see the beefy ex-wrestler returning to the proto-Arnold stance of his past. Perhaps the biggest problem this film has to overcome is the less than stellar directing style of George Tillman Jr. While solid in standard genres—comedy, biopic—he’s untested in the realm of revenge flicks.
The Kings Speech
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall
The Kings Speech
Oddly enough, the title refers to his Majesty’s stutter, not some wonderful moment of oratorical glory. Firth plays the role of George VI, father to reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. When his brother abdicates, the ill-prepared new king must overcome his speech impediment to prove to England that he can rule. Thanks to the radical therapies of Rush’s Lionel Logue, he becomes one of the country’s greatest leaders. Though it has year end frills festooned upon it, here’s hoping the backstage drama behind these royals is more realistic and less reverent.
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