Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jimmy King's review of the Kings speech

The Kings Speech
Directed by Tom Hooper
Written by David Seidler

(Colin Firth) is thrust into the position of King George VI after his father King George V (Michael Gambon) dies and his brother cannot hold the title as King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) The major responsibility of any King as that they speak for their entire country. The problem is that this King has a stammer problem that cripples his in his attempts to speak. The more important the topic the more he stammers.
His wife Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) seeks a speech therapists to cure her husbands stammer. She finds Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) an Australian who takes on King George and demands that they both be equals for the therapy to work. Logue and the King develop a love hate relationship at the end proves to be unbreakable and ultimately successful in helping the King through his toughest challenge which is to address his country in a speech that will give confidence for entering into war with Germany.

The look and feel of the movie were smoky and dark as one would expect of britian in the early 1900's. Beautifully shot and well thought out. I thought I wouldn't like it but I was immediately drawn into the story and vicariously felt the fear and angst of not being able to speak his mind which his entire country needed for strength. The interaction between the King and Logue was executed in the way you would expect Geoffrey Rush to. A master class in acting from Mr Rush.

I raise my glass to this movie for turning me around.

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