The King's Speech
‘A sophisticated and stylish portrayal of a stammering King’.
Set amongst the opulence and splendor of the British Court, The King’s Speech follows the unlikely friendship between two immeasurably different men, as one tries to live up to the expectations of an entire nation.
Colin Firth takes on the lead role of Bertie (to his friends only), the Duke of York and son to King George V. A stunning performance by Firth follows with his portrayal of a complex character riddled with a debilitating stammer and repeatedly failing to find his sense of worth.
Cue his cure; Lionel, a slightly eccentric Australian, who upon his first meeting with the possible future king of England bets him a shilling that he can read out the whole of Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be speech’ without stammering once.
A bold move to make when in the presence of royalty. Good job he was right. There is style and wittiness in Geoffrey Rush’s approach to this character, giving as good as he gets.
From the talents of these two actors and the equally impressive Helen Bonham Carter, the film we see is heart warming and genuinely funny.
From defiance to acceptance, Bertie is brought out of himself. He no longer adopts the ‘B b b Bertie’ persona that was forced on him as a child but instead begins to develop into the King that he became, George VI of England (mainly through the un-kingly art of swearing).
Through his friendship with Lionel, Firth shows the development of Bertie’s friendship with normality. By connecting with his people, he was able to speak to them.
Directed by Tom Hooper, known for such films as The Damned United; the drama of the Mrs. Simpson scandal, King Edward’s abdication, the charm of Bertie’s daughters (Karen from Outnumbered) and the outstanding, Oscar worthy performances of the three leads, sets the film on its way to being hailed a classic.
Forget all the 3D, high definition novelty; true stories are where the real cinematic experiences lie, and this is most definitely one of them.
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helen Bonham Carter