Although there are many things which make viewing The King’s Speech a fascinating experience, the performances of Colin Firth, Geoffery Rush and Helena Bonham Carter (imagine Ms. Carter as dowdy!!) being the most obvious, it’s the details that can prove most enriching.
Many kudos go to David Seidler for a fine screenplay, a most difficult task when the audience already knows the ending before the film the starts. Many years in the trenches have served him well. Now, at 73 he’s receiving well deserved praise.
The work of Jenny Beavan is superb in bringing the era (pre WWII England) to life. From the royal family to the more humble Lowel Logue. Hats, particularly British , hats, instantly propel us to a place in time. The King’s Speech is a festival of hats, particularly for Ms. Carter.
Netty Chapman’s art direction adds to the recreation with equal imagination and attention to detail. Take notice of furniture and hand props sprinkled throughout.
It’s all a feast for the eyes and ears. No question, it’s Oscar material on several fronts.