The King's Speech Movie Review

The King's Speech Movie Review

The KingClassics are never forgotten and Director Tom Hooper’s ‘The King’s Speech’ is well on its way to becoming one of the best classics ever. Released on November 26, 2010, ‘The King’s Speech’ is based on the true story of King George VI and would definitely be a strong contender for the Oscar awards this year.

The film is set in the historical era where kings were supposed to be picture perfect role models for their countries and any kind of issues or ailments would spell doom for their royal image.

The Duke of Albert (played by Colin Forth) has a serious issue. He has a stuttering problem that has haunted him since childhood and now threatens to embarass him in public. He lives under the shadow of his father, King George V and elder brother Edward (played by Guy Pearce).

Albert tries everything he can to overcome his speech problem, none of which yields any results. Eventually, he listens to his wife Elizabeth’s (played by Helena Bonham Carter) advice to consult a speech therapist called Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush).

Logue has his own way of handling patients which to Albert seem eccentric and impossible. Logue’s use of unconventional methods to treat Albert’s speech impediment, including asking the latter to sing, dance and use profanity while speaking does not go down well with the Duke who protests and spars with the therapist at every given opportunity.

However, as they continue to work together, their differences dissolve and the two individuals form a close bond. Albert starts to make good progress in his speech as he discovers and tries to overcome the psychological reasons for his disorder. Logue helps him in the way and in the process, becomes Albert’s mentor and sole companion.

And then in 1936, George V dies and the Edward (Albert’s elder brother) stands in line to become the next king of England. However, the entire country is in for a shock when Edward announces his love for an American (considered sacrilege in those days) and abdicates the throne to marry her.

Albert finds himself in a predicament. Being the next heir to the throne, he is unceremoniously crowned the king of England and becomes King George VI.

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The counrty is also on the brink of war and needs a king who can command and lead them into battle. And for that, Albert has to overcome all his fears and inhibitions about his speech problems to address the entire nation via a radio address. And how the king ends up delivering a wallop of a speech that rallies the entire nation forms the rest of the story.

A beautifully woven story based on true incidents, exemplary artists, interesting screenplay, superb editing; an encouraging background score and of course plenty of wit and charm that shroud the entire storyline, make ‘The King’s Speech’ a masterpiece. Director Tom Hooper’s extraordinary efforts at making a satisfying Brit period drama need to be lauded.

The actors themselves are shoo ins for Oscar Awards and Colin Forth who plays King George VI with poise and dignity would most definitely win an Oscar for his stellar performance.

Supporting actors like Carter and Derek Jacobi have also done a good job in essaying their parts to perfection. The only dark patch in an otherwise silver cloud is Timothy Spall’s portrayal of the American President, Winston Churchill that looks false and made up.

Our final Opinion: Don’t miss ‘The King’s Speech’ for anything in this world. Clearly one of the best releases this year, the film will definitely carve a niche for itself in the library of classics and stay in people’s hearts for ages to come.

Director: Tom Hooper

Cast : Colin Firth, Helena Bonham, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce and Timothy Spall.

Rating : 4.5/5

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