Movie Review: The King’s Speech

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What It’s About

This is the true story of Prince Albert and how he became King of England despite a serious speech impediment.  It takes place just before World War II breaks out as Hitler begins to move across Europe.  The radio is a relatively new invention that changes the way that the King interacts with the people.  Prince Albert’s father, King George V, is dying and next in-line is his son, Edward.  But, Edward is in love with Wallace Simpson, a common American who has been divorced twice.  When Edward insists on marrying her, he can no longer be King and everyone looks to Albert.

Geoffrey Rush plays a commoner, Lionel Logue, from Australia, who is sought out by Prince Albert’s wife, played by Helena Bonham Carter.  She hopes he can help Prince Albert learn to speak publicly without stammering.  A relationship is formed between the teacher and his student, despite efforts by Prince Albert to keep Lionel at an emotional-distance.

My Take

I love, love, love this movie!  It is definitely in my top three favorite movies of the year.  Perhaps, even at the #1 spot.  Haven’t decided yet.  But this is a wonderful movie that I would encourage everyone to go see.  There is a bit of profanity – Prince Albert doesn’t stutter when he swears, and Lionel uses that as a technique to show him fluid speech.  But other than that, I would think it would even be appropriate for older children.

There were many reasons that I loved this movie, but mostly because it is a timeless classic.  Based on a true story, smart, and meaningful.  It didn’t beat you over the head with a message, yet you left the theater understanding what the film makers were trying to say.  It had very funny moments.  I laughed quite loud at one scene with Mrs. Logue.  I don’t want to spoil it, if you see it, you’ll know which one.  The movie had very touching moments.  I clapped out loud in the theater twice during the film!  I think people will enjoy watching this movie next week, next year, next decade.

Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter turned in excellent performances.  All of them truly became their characters for the audience.  They were believable, lovable, and real.  I think they all deserve accolades for their work.

What Other’s are Saying

“A riveting, intimate account at how a British King triumphed over a speech impediment with the help of an unorthodox speech coach.” – Hollywood Report, Kirk Honeycutt

“Firth internalizes his tension and keeps the required stiff upper lip, but his staff and household are terrified on his behalf as he marches toward a microphone as if it is a guillotine.” – Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert

Grade:  A+

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