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The King’s Speech? Really?

The King’s Speech? Really?

A generically dull, predictable, historically inaccurate but worthy English heritage film about a noble man who overcomes troubles to defeat his enemy wins the Oscar for Best Film? Best Director? Really? THIS is what the Oscar voters deem to be the best film made and shown in America in the last year?

You know what this means?

Every darned British film producer is going to spend the next five to ten years trying to make me-too films about fellow noble Royals who, despite seeming to have everything in the world, have to overcome a secret problem to achieve their objective. After Chariots of Fires, we had to put up with endless English heritage films. After Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (the last major British film success), we had to put up with endless English gangsta films set in South London.

More dull British films that harken back to England’s glorious past, as opposed to trying to look to Britain’s present and future. A boon for heritage production designers, but bad news for anyone who wants to look forward, not backwards.

Thank Gawd the baby means I’ll probably be avoiding cinema for the next five years.

btw, I once popped into Colin Firth’s wife’s eco-friendly shop in Chiswick. The shop assistants there were unbelievably snooty.

(Ob. disclaimer: I haven’t seen this film. Or, indeed, any of the nominated films this year. I’m blaming it on the baby)

3 Comments

  • There's a lot of evidence to suggest nostaligist safe media – be it cinema, books, tv, art – is produced during a recession. 1930s cinema was escapist. Early 1980s Brit cinema had political stuff, but also that rise in Edwardiana. At least The King's Speech shows up the fallacy of cancelling UK Film, which funded it.

    And, once Alex is 3 months or so and calming down, check out your local Picturehouse or ODEON. Ours run a baby film screening where you can take under 1 year olds and watch current releases. I've seen more films in the 7 months since GJ was born than I did in the previous 17 months.

  • Wow. You haven't seen The King's Speech, but you write it off as dull and predictable? There's one way to invalidate your argument.

    And what were those endless English heritage films that followed Chariots Of Fire? I can't recall any major ones, or for that matter any kind of trend.

    The King's Speech was a hit because it contained themes that people can identify with (class struggles, public speaking, psychological problems). It's got to be an improvement on the unimaginative drivel that Hollywood keeps churning out. Keep your mind open and don't judge a film on the films that might follow in its wake, or the assistants in the shop owned by the wife of the star.

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