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Friday, January 7, 2011

The King's Speech (2010)

Still image from The King's Speech showing Queen Elizabeth, Prince Albert, and Lionel Logue doing speech exercises
I walked into this film with no idea what it was about and no real expectations because of that. I knew it was generating a lot of buzz and great reviews, but I didn't have the faintest idea of what it was about. I just knew I wanted to see a movie that day and I picked The King's Speech. I walked out of the theater amazed.

This film is about Prince Albert (Firth), A.K.A Bertie, becoming the king of England during a period of personal and international crisis. Colin Firth gives a marvelous performance in the title role as a man with a severe speech impediment, a stammer, and self-doubt. To help cure the stammer Bertie sees a speech therapist, at his wife's (Helena Bonham-Carter as Queen Elizabeth) insistence. The speech therapist is Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) and he changes the lives of The King and the people of England. While all this is happening England is rocked by political controversy and WWII on the horizon.

The highlight of The King's Speech is the acting. Everyone onscreen gives it their all, each working off a great script by David Seidler and Tom Hooper's direction. Firth and Rush are able to play off of each other perfectly and through that we see the characters develop. Firth himself plays the role extremely well. He never makes the stammer feel fake in any way and he shows how much more there was to Bertie's life, his love of his wife and daughters, concern for his brother and country, and grief and resentment toward his father. Rush comes in as a sympathetic friend and, more importantly, equal to his counterpart and plays the role gorgeously If you've only seen her in Tim Burton films and the Harry Potter series then Helena Bonham Carter is almost unrecognizable in appearance and demeanor. She, first of all, does not appear like she's escaped from a prison or asylum. Queen Elizabeth, in this film, is shown mainly as a wife. A very supportive wife who only wants the best for her husband, but isn't always sure what the best thing is when it comes to treatment.

I recommend you see this film at least once, I saw it twice (once with a friend). The second time around I was able to pick up certain key moments I missed much more quickly-and became more immersed in the film's story.