Movie review – The King’s Speech

My favorite movie that I’ve seen this year is by far, “The King’s Speech”  in fact, it probably makes my top ten all time favorite movie list.  It is that good.

The acting – wonderful.
The filming – amazing and artistic.
The the story, screenplay, humor and character development – superb.

I think that movies based on true stories come out the best.  Because they are so…well, real.

A slow-moving English film starring Colin Firth (Think Mr. Darcy. There are a total of three P and P actors in the movie.) as a Prince with a speech impediment who must begin to give speeches via the radio.
He is also eventually thrust into the position of King, which he never wanted,  just as the county is headed for war.  That is a problem for a man who can’t speak well.

{Movie Quote} [To Lionel Logue)

King George VI: If I’m King, where’s my power? Can I form a government? Can I levy a tax, declare a war? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority. Why? Because the nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can’t speak.

He is down on himself, but he realizes that a good speaker can have command of his audience.

{Movie Quote} [watching a clip of Hitler speaking]
Princess Elizabeth: What’s he saying?
King George VI: I don’t know but… he seems to be saying it rather well.

This is such a great story of redemption and healing from a difficult past.  For even though he is the son of the King of England, he’d had an unhappy childhood.  At one point during the movie he remarks to his father, “We’re not a family, we’re a firm.”
The speech therapist, Lionel Logue, helps him to understand that it was most likely because of the things that happened during his childhood that his stutter began, but he can over come it.

The King and Queen’s relationship is so beautiful.  They truly love each other. She encourages him so much, and is the original one who found the therapist.

The speech therapist, Lionel Logue, is a wonderful character too.  He is quite “peculiar” in the words of the King.  He is a very kind man who very much wants to help the King overcome his fear.

One thing that should be noted, but I’m sure is true to the real life story, is that when Bertie (the King) has not become the King yet, (his older brother David still is, but he wants to marry a divorced woman, an act which will end his career as King.) Bertie tells his brother to keep her as a mistress, and just not marry her.  This is definitely wrong, and advice that should not be followed.  Bertie did not want to be King, so he was desperate to keep his brother on the throne.  Still wrong advice no matter how you slice it.

It is rated R, but only because it has two spots of extremely strong language.  One is during a therapy session, with about two minutes of complete language. (Used for therapy).  We have ClearPlay, so that scene was completely deleted and if you don’t have ClearPlay, can be easily fast-forwarded.  There is one other spot of it though, which if you do not have ClearPlay, would be difficult to fast-forwarded unless you are willing to miss at least half of an important scene, but it would still be worth it IMO to miss that little bit if you do not have a device that will edit it out for you.
There is other fairly mild language throughout the movie.  Maybe one or two blasphemies, I’m not exactly sure since we indeed have ClearPlay.

Overall though, a great theme beautifully portrayed.  It’s an awesome, awesome movie, well deserving of the Academy award, best actor and best supporting actor.

Here is the trailer:


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