I first started seeing trailers for the movie well before I found out it was nominated for 7 Golden Globes. The trailers I saw suggested that this was going to be a well acted drama with a solid story line, and several top notch actors (or perhaps I should say "thespians"), being able to demonstrate their award worthy performances. I was not disppointed in the least. Although my opinions for individual awards lean elsewhere, this is one of the best ensemble performances I have seen in many years. I missed Colin Firth in the movie he was nominated for last year, but here he was incredibly convincing as a King George VI, who "fell into" his Kingship due to uncontrollable circumstances. His constant stammering was beleivable, and more importantly, nowhere near as "borderline annoying" as some other actors who have played characters with speech impediments. (Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, Billy Bob Thornton in Slingblade, etc...) Geoffrey Rush, who is one of the best seasoned actors working today, was equally impressive as the speech therapist who aides the King in overcoming his inpediment. As impressive as their performances were individually, they were even more so in their interactions with each other. The intimacy they displayed as their friendship grew, and at times became tested, was inspired by a director (Tom Hooper), who obviously has a much better understanding of intimacy than most of society has. In fact If I had one complaint with the movie (a minor one at that), is that the relationship between the two was a bit "overshadowing" in comparision with the relationships with their individual wives. I believe however, that it was done intentionally. Despite that, Helena Bonham Carter did indeed turn in another fine performance in her own right. I normally find British period pieces (especially from a historical viewpoint), rather boring, but I was mesmerized by the story from start to finish, which is yet another reason I have to admit that I will be at least somewhat disappointed this movie does not win for best picture, Especially since this was much bettor than most of the other award considered movies that came out later in the year, most of them pretty decent on their own merits. The showing I attended was close to being empty, so I suppose this will be a movie that will not make a lot of money, but I encourage those who find themselves debating between this movie, and one of the more traditional Hollywood releases, to take a chance and make an "intellent" choice. I truly believe you will not be
First off, I would like to commend John Malkovich for his seemlessly easy "Rebound" from his "worst of" performance in Jonah Hex. He may never recapture his stellar form he displayed for "In the Line of Fire", but with noteworthy performances in such movies, and Burn After Reading, Secretariat, and now Red, he once again demonstates why he is one of the better "character actors" in recent history.
In addition to his hillarious performance, you also have a number of other "A-list actors, such as Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and of course Bruce Willis.
For What it's worth, this does not translate into an "award worthy" movie, but then again, noone in the cast seems to care, which is why this is such an entertaining movie. It's solid acting, adequate story telling, fun special effects, colorful characters, and even pacing, without all the unecessary "gobbily gook", that sometimes weighs down a lot of these summer movies.
The story involves a former agent(Willis), who is unexpectedly "targeted" about the same time he is pursuing a potential love interest (Parker). The two of them in turn track down his former team members (Mirram, Malkovich, and Freeman), in hopes of finding out why the team is indeed on the CIA hitlist. The ending, without giving anything away is a bit "out there", even for a movie with many over the top performances, but it's nevertheless a good sign that Hollywood can still occassionally produce a well crafted action flick, that promotes among other things, gender equality, smart filmaking, and good old fashioned summer action excellence.