Monday, January 3, 2011
The King's Speech Movie Review
Starring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush
What a wonderful movie this is. Please hurry off to see this as I'm pretty sure Colin Firth will receive a Best Actor nomination this year and if you're anything like me, you might want to have someone to root for on Oscar night. Last year it was Jeff Bridges...this year, it's Colin Firth. (Plus it doesn't hurt that I love Colin.)
Firth is truly amazing portraying King George VI (Elizabeth II's father) who battled a severe stuttering problem since early childhood. Although his speech issues made fufilling many of his royal duties very challenging, as 2nd in line to the throne, he felt somewhat protected from intensity of the limelight as it would be his brother David who would be King.
Still needing to find a way to master his speech problems, with the help of his wife Elizabeth (well played by Carter), they find Lionel Logue (Rush). Logue uses what were considered unorthodox methods to helps his clients overcome their speech impediments, which includes a level of familiarity which was quite different for a royal, including the impertinence Lionel calling him "Bertie", his family name.
When his brother David (Edward VII) abdicates in order to be with Wallis Simpson, Bertie is thrust into the role of King and with the introduction of radio and the pending start of WWII, his ability to address his subjects becomes vital for the nation.
Using close ups and depth of focus, the director cleverly draws us into the story. Hard not to feel compassion for this man struggling to fulfill duties he never asked for or wanted.
Again..props to Firth for this role. It must have been quite difficult for Firth to effectively portray a man with a speech impediment, when he doesn't have one.
Interesting fact: Geoffrey Rush was one of the producers.