I Saw A Film Today… The King’s Speech

Not hours after seeing The King’s Speech, I came across an article in The Guardian discussing falsehoods in the above film. Basically the article is the writer nitpicking about tiny problems with Timothy Spall’s portrayal of Winston Churchill. Is this article going to dash any hope this film had at the Oscar’s this year? No, but it does mark the beginning of what I call “award politics”. That time when all films are put under the microscope by many and critiqued over any small detail. But this site was not created for politics, it was created to celebrate accomplishments in film. And with that, lets dive in to the inspiring story of King George VI.

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Prince Albert, The Duke of York (Colin Firth) is asked to give the closing speech at the closing of the 1925 Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium. A task that is difficult for Albert because he has since childhood had a speech impediment. Needless to say, his speech is disastrous.

After many failed speech therapy sessions, the future king has given up any hope. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) has not and decides to visit one more therapist. Who she meets is an unorthodox Australian Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Initially resistant to Logue’s ways, Albert soon warms to him.

As the sessions between Albert and Logue are going on, so are many other issues. After the death of King George V (Michael Gambon) and his brother Edward (Guy Pearce) abdicates from the throne, Albert has now become King George VI. And with the war with Germany looming the king will have to give speeches. Has the sessions with Logue paid off?

On the surface The King’s Speech is a film about a man overcoming his stammering. But when you dig deeper you realize it’s a story about a man’s troubled childhood. Although Albert lived a privileged life, he lived a life where any form of “imperfection” was abolished or punished for. An example of this is when Albert was young he was left-handed. But since it would have been looked down upon, his parents had him switch.

The film certainly does stand out from the other Academy Award choices this year and may just be this years Best Picture choice. It’s use of fish-eye lenses gives you the claustrophobic feeling that I’m sure most with speech impediments feel. Although the film could have been all serious and straight forward, it instead has a bit of comedy in it as well. This includes a humorous bit between Firth and Rush and the use of those words we consider inappropriate.

The cast that make up this film is a fantastic group of English thespians. All are well-known, from Colin Firth to Timothy Spall. The banter and connection between Firth and Rush is great and one of the best features of this film.  And Helena Bonham-Carter is nothing short of spectacular, proving once again that she does not need Tim Burton films to shine.

The King’s Speech is just a great film all around, whether it be the great acting or the great story. If it happens to be playing in your area and you have not seen it, try to make the effort to catch a showing.

Verdict: SEE IT!

Any thoughts? Opinions? Leave them below.

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