A masterpiece on both the large and small scale. It manages to be epic without being over the top. Its intimacies are subtle, and you have to be paying attention to pick them up. It examines the social order in wonderful detail. Much of the film looks like a series of oil paintings coming to life. Lancaster is majestic.
Firth gives his second Oscar-calibre performance in as many years. It's fascinating to watch both his character's distress over his speech impediment and other problems, as well as how by degrees he becomes more and more comfortable with the role of king. Rush is mischievous and fun. As with any good historical film, you're bound to enjoy this more if you're well-versed in the people and events involved. (And you can gleefully think to yourself--"Oh look--there's Cosmo Lang!...There's Stanley Baldwin!....") But all that said, the film does a good job of showing how odd it must feel to be royal.--A fun, inspiring, and enjoyable film.
Godard turns the plot of the opera "Carmen" on its head with a mixture of slapstick violence, cryptic non sequiturs, beautifully composed shots, and graphic sexuality. But best of all are the scenes with Godard playing an eccentric, possibly crazy, film director named Jean-Luc Godard.