Movie Review: The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper (Longford) and written by David Seidler (Tucker: The Man and His Dream), depicts the story of King George VI of Britain backed by a magnificent all-star cast; Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter.

The story begins with the death of the king as his son King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) is to take his place in ruling over Britain. King Edward’s romantic escapade with a divorcee threatens his position to the throne and he is thus forced to choose between his title and his love interest. He chooses love over monarchy and his brother King George VI (Colin Firth) is obliged to take over the throne. The only problem is that King George VI has a severe speech impediment; he stutters. With the help of his loving and supporting wife Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), he begins seeing a speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) who insists on helping the king find his voice and let go of his fears. Despite King George’s awful temper and rude nature, Logue persists on helping the king. During this time, the king warms up to Logue and takes him in as his trusted friend and allows him into his palace and private life. As progress begins to show, everyone is delighted until sudden unfortunate news of war breaks out. With radio being the new technological craze, the king is obliged to broadcast this sad news on the radio and is faced with the dilemma of presenting it with hope and courage, and without stuttering. Side by side, Logue and the king work together to deliver one of history’s most unforgettable and infamous speeches.

I must admit, I am a fan of all movies that revolve around the lives of kings and queens of England. This one was especially moving because it did not portray the greatness of a monarch whom the people feared and respected. Instead, it showed us the difficulties of a helpless man who was afraid of failing his people while he was expected to be great. Colin Firth shines with possibly the best role of his entire acting career. He played it so well that I actually had to gasp for air at the difficulty he was facing while trying to form a complete sentence. Helena Bonham Carter is the perfect wife and provides quite a comic relief to the movie at certain points. My favorite character of the movie though was Lionel Logue. Geoffrey Rush awed me with his magnificent performance. He was everything a great actor should be. His dialogue, mannerisms, behavior, wardrobe; everything was delivered with perfection.

I recommend this movie as it revolves around a true and powerful story. I am glad that such talented actors were selected for these specific roles, because this is what strengthened the movie so much. It deserved every award it received.

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