When I first heard about the facebook movie I remember thinking, why would someone want to make a movie about that? I use facebook every day to stay in contact with friends. So the idea of watching a movie about something I see everyday does not really do anything for me. My only reason for initially going to see The Social Network was Aaron Sorkin. The writer behind A Few Good Men and The West Wing is unmatched in Hollywood for his fast and witty dialogue. The exchanges in the film were quick and sharp and more than once I found myself laughing out loud. Jesse Eisenberg's performance of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is brilliant, but Sorkin's script is what makes The Social Network worth watching and remembering. I can not imagine Sorkin not winning an Oscar for best screenplay.
Director Tom Hooper has created a classic with The King’s Speech. The upcoming awards season will shower acolades all over this production and they will all be deserved. The King’s Speech tells the true story of George VI who reluctantly assumes the throne when his brother abdicates due to his love for a divorcee. Imagine being thrust into the role of King just prior to the start of World War II. Then imagine not being able to communicate or speak to your subjects because of a debilitating stammer. The prince, as a grown man, endured several embarrassing public speaking engagements. With the support of his wife, the future Queen Mum, he sees a speech therapist who is able to help him rise above his condition.
Oscar nominee Colin Firth (A Single Man) manages to convey the strength of a future king and the insecurity of a man with a humiliating condition for someone who must live in the public eye. If I was a gambler I would put all my money on Firth for a best actor Oscar. Oscar nominee Helena Bonam Carter (The Wings of Dove) is the wife to the prince and the future Queen. It was a thrill to see Carter playing a relatively normal character, albeit royalty. In recent years, she has been The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, chopped up victims for her meat pies in Sweeny Todd, and has managed to outshine "He Who Must Not Be Named" to be the most wicked villain in Harry Potter’s universe. Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine) portrays the commoner approached by the future Queen to assist her husband in overcoming his stammer. The relationship between Rush and Firth is astounding. Rush's character does not playcate to the prince. He treats him in a direct manor and does not pandor to the future King. In real life, the relationship between the King and his therapist spawned a life long friendship. The film is uplifting and does so without trying to make you feel sorry for the future King but by understanding what he overcame at a time when his country needed him the most. Listening to this King's speech is well worth it. A flawless movie and in my opinion the best film of 2010.
fashionadofilm score 10 out of 10
fashionadofilm Jamie Clemons