The King’s Speech Review

Honestly, I didn’t know anything about The King’s Speech until I read an article announcing it had been nominated for seven Golden Globes. It was then that I started reading up on it and watching the trailer. The trailer looked so-so but everything I had read said it was amazing. Instantly I needed to see this film.

The King’s Speech was directed by Tom Hooper. If you find yourself saying who is that, it’s okay. I did the same thing. Hooper mostly directed TV mini-series up until 2009 when he directed The Damned United. The Damned United received really good reviews, but it was released in the United Kingdom first. It didn’t do very well in the limited release it had in the United States. Eventually it opened in 45 theaters, however still didn’t show good numbers.

Colin Firth plays Prince Albert, also called Bertie in this film. Bertie is the Duke of York, soon to be King George VI after certain events play out, and he is the son of King George V. As a child Bertie develops a speech impediment that is referred to as a stammer or a stutter. He goes through his entire life with the stammer and it hinders him from doing public speaking. Seeing as he is part of the Royal Family it is not a good thing that he has this impediment. His wife Elizabeth eventually sets him up with a speech therapist who is best known for his unorthodox ways of treating his patients. The speech therapist, Lionel Logue, is played by Geoffrey Rush. Throughout this film you see Lionel give his undying support to Bertie to overcome everything despite their arguments that they may have. With all the support from Lionel and his family you see Bertie grow as a person and take the role as King George VI of England after his father dies. It is from this that he delivers his most important and most powerful speech.

The acting in The King’s Speech was excellent. Colin Firth was superb. I honestly have not seen a lot of his past films before so I didn’t know what exactly to expect. However I still found myself very much entertained. I totally agree with the fact that Colin Firth‘s acting is Oscar-worthy. He played his character very well. Along with Firth’s acting, Geoffrey Rush was just as good. He played the unorthodox therapist perfectly. He seemed to complement Firth’s acting in every way possible and vice versa. Helena Bonham-Carter who played Firth’s wife in the film was amazing. She demanded the attention whenever she was on the screen. The confidence that she portrayed in her character and her husband’s as well, regardless of the problems that he had, was incredible. All in all I think this film has a very solid group of talented people in its cast.

When I first watched the trailer I thought this was going to simply be about the story of soon to be King George VI getting over his stammer. I didn’t realize it was going to show the depth of the friendship that was made between him and Lionel. It is such a remarkable friendship between these two characters. Honestly, how could it not be? When you get so close to someone who is helping you with such a personal issue like Bertie had it’s hard not to get that type of friendship. It wasn’t until the very end of this film, the credits, that I realized the aspect of their deep friendship.

The King’s Speech was an excellent film. It shows quite a few different messages when it comes to relationships and persevering regardless of the situations. Although it was kind of a slower movie, I didn’t find myself bored or looking at the time once during it. There was always something there to keep your attention. My favorite thing about the storyline is the fact that it’s based off true events.

The King’s Speech – 9.5/10

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