Films that examine either the behind-the-scenes drama of the British monarchy or European politics circa WWII tend to do well during awards season – as it were, The King’s Speech examines both.
An international trailer has been released for this year’s TIFF audience award winner, The King’s Speech, which also stars critically-acclaimed thespians Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, and several other British names that tend to pop up a lot in period pieces like this.
Firth looks to receive his second Oscar nod in a row for his turn in The King’s Speech as George VI, a member of the British royalty afflicted with a terrible stutter. George’s brother, Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) abdicates the throne in favor of a life full of fun and frivolity – which means that George is not only forced to become king, but must so do as his country prepares for war with Nazi Germany. The new king’s wife (Carter) then hires speech therapist Lionel Logue (Rush) to help her husband – the rest, as they say, is history.
The King’s Speech continues to collect accolades prior to its official theatrical release and its main cast members all look like strong contenders for awards glory this year – but is the rest of the film up to par with its stellar cast?
Watch the international trailer for The King’s Speech below and decide for yourselves:
Both the U.S. trailer and this new international trailer for The King’s Speech play up the aspects of the film that academy voters tend to love: period sets and costumes, artsy cinematography, and characters delivering meaningful bits of dialogue. Oscar bait, it certainly is.
Director Tom Hooper seems to be focusing primarily on the personal struggles of George VI in The King’s Speech, if the early footage is any indication. Firth proved in A Single Man that he can carry a drama largely on his own and he should make for an empathetic protagonist in this new film as well.
Moviegoers won’t turn out in huge numbers for The King’s Speech when it hits the U.S., but there is definitely a crowd that enjoys character-driven dramas about royalty and how they must balance their personal feelings with their public duties. We’ll certainly give the film a look when it is released.
The King’s Speech begins a limited released in the U.S. on November 24th, 2010.