I went to watch The King’s Speech during my break in December and given that I am struggling to put the words together for some other posts, I thought I would review the movie instead.
The film begins with Prince Albert (Colin Firth) attempting to make a speech to the community on his father’s (King George V) behalf. However, there’s just one problem. He has a significant fear of making speeches and also stutters. Which is so not acceptable for a king in-waiting. His wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) does her best to seek all the help possible for her husband to overcome his speech problem. Through this, she manages to find Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) an Australian who specialises in speech defects. And who also likes things done his way under his roof. One of which is him insisting on calling the prince ‘Bertie’.
They go through several humourous sessions of getting the prince to overcome his stammer. However, the problem seems to be more psychological than merely a speech problem but the prince refuses to open up about personal matters. As the king dies, Bertie’s older brother is sworn in as king. King Edward VII (Guy Pearce). However, as he is unable to commit to the expectations of the Church of England and his duties as a king, King George VI (Bertie) takes over. And we see how he faces his fears with the onset of World War II.
This was a brilliant movie about friendship across the classes, the ups and downs, an insight into the monarch (which usually does not interest me one bit) and most importantly, about facing your fears. No matter who you are or how important you may be, there are still fears you must face. And facing your fears is what makes you a courageous person. It was really nice to see bravery and courage being depicted in this manner as compared to your usual action movies. Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter are all brilliant. Colin Firth’s stammer in particular is so realistic as is his fear that your heart goes out to him. Both he and Geoffrey Rush are fantastic actors.
If you are looking for a movie with laughter and meaning, I would highly recommend you watch The King’s Speech. It was definitely one of my two favourite movies in 2010 (The other being Mother and Child).
Until next time,