The Fall 2010 movie season is upon us and with it comes this year's batch of award-hopeful art-house flicks and dramas. A trailer for one of this year's early Oscar contenders, The King's Speech, has been released and offers an early look at the British period piece.
The King's Speech won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival last week and looks to be a critical hit when it arrive in theaters this November. The film was directed by Tom Hooper - the guy responsible for the acclaimed TV mini-series Elizabeth I and John Adams - and features a cast composed almost entirely of award-winning and/or nominated thespians.
Colin Firth (who was nominated several times last year for his heart-breaking turn in A Single Man) stars as George VI, a mild-mannered fellow who suffers from a debilitating stutter. Forced to become king when his brother, Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), renounces the British throne, George enlists the help of a unique speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Oscar-winner, Geoffrey Rush), to become the well-spoken leader his country - which is on the verge of going to war with Germany - needs.
The cast includes other acclaimed performers including Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, and Timothy Spall - amusingly, all three are in the Harry Potter films as well. Needless to say, the prestigious cast is reason enough to give this film a look.
Check out the trailer for The King's Speech below:
The King's Speech addresses a number of heavy subjects including the politics of English royalty and World War II, while the plot revolves around a humble protagonist who is destined for greater things, but must be helped along the way by an eccentric mentor - whose unconventional ways prove effective beyond what anyone could imagine. Do the words "Oscar Bait" come to anyone else's mind?
The trailer is decent, though its tone becomes more than a bit pretentious and heavy-handed at times. Early buzz for this picture is good and the sets, costumes, and cinematography all look top-notch - expect this one to receive multiple nominations during the next several months.
The King's Speech begins a limited release in the U.S. on November 24th, 2010.
Source: Yahoo! Movies