Review – The King’s Speech (2010)
Based on the true story of King George VI’s relationship with an unorthodox speech therapist.
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter lead the cast of a movie about the late King George VI’s lifelong stammer and his tireless endeavors to speak. Guy Pearce plays the irritating older brother, the perfect candidate for King, until his relationship with a twice divorced woman comes to light; he abdicates, leaving the throne to ‘Bertie’, a man who is crippled by his inability to talk.
I’ve become a rather large fan of Colin Firth, especially after The Railway Man. He has fantastic skill when it comes to portraying slightly broken characters. He is absolutely flawless as a man who struggles so very much with someone that most of us take for granted. His depiction of Bertie seems effortless, and the growth shown throughout the movie is beautiful to watch. He is truly brilliant and I found myself wanting to jump through the screen and hug him, tell him that he was going to be okay. He’s pretty freaking fantastical.
Lionel Logue is the Australian speech therapist, found as a last resort to fix Bertie’s speech impediment. Brought to life by Geoffrey Rush, he is wholesome and steadfast throughout. The highlight of the film is definitely the relationship between the Duke of York and the man who must save him, in a way. Firth and Rush bounce off one another in a spectacular way, and throughout the movie, they’re both a delight to watch. For a film that deals with serious topics, the humor is entirely welcome. There’s quite a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, a particular swearing scene up there with the best entirely unexpected acts. Helena Bonham Carter is the late Queen Mother, and always, she is perfect in her role. A constant source of support for Bertie, and a definite standout presence.
Tom Hooper directs a story which I did not know prior to watching, but one in which I am now intrigued. Having done research on the topic in question, I found that artistic license was used to create a rather more dramatic account of the actual happenings (Bertie’s stammer was improved in months, rather than years as shown in the movie). Surprisingly, this did not annoy me at all. I enjoy The King’s Speech every single time I watch it, regardless of intricate historical detailing.
Re-watching this film never gets boring, and I’m sure it’s going to be watched and adored for many years to come. To put it very simply, there’s a very good reason why this movie won so many awards.
For fans of… historical pieces, unfathomably well-acted characters, heartwarming relationships.