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The King’s Speech for People’s Choice and the Bell Lightbox are just some of the standouts of a perfect festival

September 20, 2010

By John C.

What started with a hockey musical, ended with the people calling the brilliant portrait of a king’s stutter the best movie they’d seen over the past 11 days.  Once again, this weekend brought the end of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but with the outstanding list of films, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.  This 35th edition of the ‘Festival of Festivals’ was particularly memorable for the amount of stars and awards contenders that it brought to the city, as well as for the official opening of the spectacular Bell Lightbox.

The festival kicked off in true Canadian fashion on September 9th with the premiere of Score: A Hockey Musical.  Some have already degraded the film as cheese, but it’s the best (and only) hockey musical I’ve ever seen and I flat-out loved it.  What followed were 11 days of movies ranging from Easy A to Never Let Me Go, and everything in between.

But amidst all the great films – many of which we’ll be reviewing when they open in wide and limited release over the coming months – one film in particular captured the attention of both critics and audiences alike.  Over the years the People’s Choice Award has been given to many titles that go on to be main players at the Oscars, and this year’s winner, The King’s Speech, will be no exception.  The story of British monarch King George VI who overcame a speech impediment with the help of an unorthodox speech therapist, it’s understandable why it was voted by the people as their favourite film of the festival.

The King’s Speech features brilliant performances from Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, but it’s also a wonderful film about overcoming social anxieties and disabilities, and because of this will have a wide universal appeal.  It’s heartfelt, emotionally connecting, surprisingly hilarious, and by the end is nothing less than a triumphant film that deserves all the awards attention it’s going to get.

For many of us TIFF meant numerous days of exhaustion, but every one ending with the promise that we would willingly do it all again next year.  TIFF is where seeing movies is more than just about being in a theatre, it’s about meeting people and what it really means to go to the movies.  And this year’s festival, particularly with the opening of the Bell Lightbox, was one of the best representations of this that we could have asked for.

Get more information on all things TIFF here.

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