The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, is a fantastic film that teaches an appreciation for history, humor, humanity, and happiness all at the same time. The King’s Speech, which received more Golden Globe nominations (7) than any other film from 2010, has also, just today, received more Oscar nominations (12) than any other film from 2010! This is not a film to miss or to overlook. 2010 truly is The Year of the King!
For those of you that didn’t know, I went to school to achieve a degree in the discipline of history and this film sparked my interest as it pertains to the glamorized historical story of King Henry VI (father to the United Kingdom’s current ruling monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). The historical aspect of this film makes it appear boring or interesting to some, but let me assure you that it is very enjoyable. While it brings with it a level of predictability (it is based off of historical facts), that is excusable due to the entrancing way in which the film portrays the account of the stutterer who would be king.
The King’s Speech is a three-fold biopic of King George VI, Lionel Logue (Rush) -the Australian born, unorthodox speech therapist, and the United Kingdom during a time of need for a leader in a war-stricken world. It beautifully shows how all 3 related to and depended on each other. The casting in this movie is impeccable. Colin Firth rightfully deserves all of the attention he continues to receive for his performance as King George VI. The supporting roles of both Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush tied this biopic together delightfully. I almost didn’t recognize Helena Bonham Carter since her hair was done neatly in this film as opposed the style from other films!And Geoffrey Rush, well, he was, perhaps, just as enjoyable as Firth to watch. The interactions between he and Firth on the screen make for some of the most hilarious scenes in both of the actors’ careers! 😀
Which leads me to this: Another portion of the film which I found to be astounding was the similarities between both King George and Lionel. They both had families, both reluctantly accepted responsibilities that were seemingly thrust upon them, both sought the approval of their children and wives, both were somewhat stubborn, and both were in need of a friend. They found all of that and more through each other’s help. This showing of humanity, and the fact that “all men are created equal” allows for a sense of relation to the film that is missing from all too many nowadays. Their interactions together..some rocky..some rabble-rousing..made for some of the most meaningful and enjoyable portions of the film.
Aside from the amount of language used in this film (a few rants of profanity due to frustration in speaking), this film could quite easily have even been a great family film! Profanity aside, I enjoyed this film immensely and was ready to stand and applaud good King George come the end of the King’s speech! It’s not too often that a film includes such a momentous speech that compels you to care as much, if not more, about the delivery than the content of it. A great film, for history lovers and non-history lovers alike. You will not be bored. As a matter of fact, talk about The King’s Speech may just in fact unceasingly flow from your mouth for quite some time after watching it, or it may just leave you…speechless! 🙂
(A quick shout-out to Timothy Spall who played a great Winston Churchill!)
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–TheSp1der’s Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars for “The King’s Speech”