Random Review: The King’s Speech

Synopsis taken from IMDB

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

I have to admit that this was not a movie I chose. A friend talked me into seeing it. While I am a fan of period pieces and I am a huge history buff nerd, this film did not pique my interest initially. Director Tom Hooper directed the mini-series John Adams on HBO, which I enjoyed, so I was hopeful this film would keep me entertained.

The first 30 minutes of the film were a bit slow. I was on the verge of pulling out my phone to keep myself entertained when the subtle humor and believable storytelling grabbed me. I am always amazed when a capable director and astoundingly talented actors can focus on one tiny aspect of a situation within a mountainous historical backdrop and bring it fragile human perspective. That is what you end up getting in The King’s Speech.

Brilliantly cast, Colin Firth plays King George VI (for those that may not know, that is the current Queen Elizabeth’s father). He was the spare heir to the throne of King George V who suffered from a debilitating stammer (thats stutter in the U.S.). When his father dies and his brother King Edward VIII rescinds the throne for the love of an American divorcee, King George VI must carry out his duties and convey a sense of strength and courage to his subjects at the start of WWII. Enter the unsurpassed Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, the unconventional speech therapist who helped the fallible man speak like a King.

Also starring is Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth. There is not a role, in my opinion, that this woman cannot play. I have been a fan since I saw her in Lady Jane in 1986.

This film, which could have easily been a dry, stiff upper lip PBS type snore fest, ended up being full of great humor and sensitive human frailty. It all culminated into a tense, root for the hero finality.

I give The King’s Speech my Random Review Thumps Up. It’s worth hanging in there to watch and I’m now glad my friend talked me into going.

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