The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper – 2010) A

 I was a bit worried that it might be a bit dull and “stiff” honestly. Well it is stiff, after all it is about the British royal family. However it is not dull at all. From a high level, the film is about a country that’s about to be hurled into WWII with Hitler knocking on their door. The British empire needed a king they can support and believe in. Well, that king had a very bad speech impediment. He’s had it since he was a child and now is the time to get over it. It was painful to watch him (played by Colin Firth) in the opening scene trying to get words out during a public speech that was broadcast all over the British empire. From a more personal and focused point of view we get a sweet story about a friendship between king George VI and his unconventional speech therapist, played by Geoffrey Rush. In scene after scene Rush and Firth deliver a brilliant performance and when the time comes for THE speech it was just perfect. It would be a shame not to mention Helena Bonham Carter’s performance as well. She plays queen Elizabeth (that’s the Queen mother who passed a few years back) as a loving, tough and supportive wife to king George. It’s amazing how much she conveys by her facial features alone. The early 20th century sets -royal and otherwise- are lovely and a pleasure to take in. I especially loved the therapist’s modest room with the shabby couch and the huge fireplace. I have not even touched on the whole scandal with George’s older brother and the thrice divorced woman for whom he left the crown!

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