"The King's Speech"
and Biopic. Rated R. 1 hours, 51 minutes.
byThe Weinstein Company
Firth in the Weinstein Company's The King's Speech
King George VI has
a duty to speak for his people, however it is quite difficult
for him to do so because of his stammer. The King goes through
many speech therapists to correct the problem, but nothing works
he meets Australian Lionel Logue.
The film starts with
King George VI, then known as the Duke of York, or Prince Albert,
unable to get through a speech in front of the Wembley Stadium
crowd due to his stammer.
Meanwhile, the world
is falling in love with the radio, and the King of England addresses
his subjects over the airwaves every Christmas. Once King George
V passes away, and Alberts older brother, David, abdicates
the throne in order to marry a twice-divorced American woman,
Albert finds himself on the throne, with World War II looming.
wife, Elizabeth seeks out Logue, who agrees to help the future
king, but insists it be on his terms and in his office. Albert
is skeptical, but finds that Logues methods are working,
and the two form a close friendship. The Kings Speech culminates
with the King making his first radio speech to all of his constituents
as England prepares to enter WWII, with Logue right beside him
guiding his through it.
The film is both inspirational
and surprisingly funny. King George VI is making progress for
the first time in his life with a difficulty he simply cannot
understand. And Logue is the definition of a self-made man, building
his practice simply by knowledge hed gained in his travels
and becoming successful in doing so. As for its humor, there is
one scene in particular that stands out. I dont want to
give too much away, but lets just say that the language
used in that one scene is the sole reason the film is rated R
and not PG or PG-13.
The Kings Speech
rests on two actors, Colin Firth (King George VI) and Geoffrey
Rush (Logue), and they perform admirably in what may go down as
the best performances for each.
Firth is a lock for
a Best Actor nomination because he masters the kings speech
impediment, while Rush will earn a nomination for Best Supporting
Actor because he is absolutely delightful, injecting humor into
the film while playing a serious role.
The rest of the supporting
cast is also effective with Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth,
Guy Pearce as Alberts brother, David, and Michael Gambon
as King George V.
The Kings Speech
may feel clichéd, but it is still an enjoyable ride, due
to the excellent performances from Firth and Rush. Those two alone
are worth the price of admission.
The King's Speech is nominated for 12 Academy Awards
including Best Picture).
credit: The Weinstein Company
King's Speech movie poster