The King’s Speech is a truly inspiring story about a man who overcomes his stammer in order to deliver an important speech. Colin Firth’s performance as King George VI is incredible, and Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist is equally terrific. There is a secondary story involving King George’s brother that is very compelling, and the film dwells deeply into this King’s dilemmas and pain. The conclusion is uplifting and powerful but also predictable, and thus feels a bit plain. Nevertheless, The King’s Speech is a magnificent film, and deserves all its critical acclaim.
Hailee Steinfeld plays a young girl who is hell-bent on avenging her father’s murder. No, she doesn’t become a superhero. Rather, she teams up with the Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon characters as they hunt down their wanted man played by Josh Brolin. 2010’s True Grit plays out as a good Western, but it’s also a heartwarming story about loyalty and friendship. Performances from the entire cast are great, especially newcomer Steinfeld. True Grit gets a little boring in its middle act when the story becomes a simple revenge tale, but later on it goes into unpredictable places that had me on the edge of my seat.