The King’s speech tells the tale of a reluctant king who must overcome his stammer and become the man the world needs him to be on the brink of the Second World War. Directed by Tom Hooper, this film is a finely crafted masterpiece. Throughout the film Hooper meticulously details the period in all its splendour paying close attention to every aspect of the time.
The dynamic between King George VI (Collin Firth) and Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) the failed actor turned speech therapist is a high point as the King must disregard his own nobility, nay superiority, in order to be built into a monarch by a mere commoner – an Australian who has a particular disliking for the concept of royalty. The Kings speech has been flawlessly cast and every member gives performances that deserve the praise they have so rightly earned. Collin Firth in particular plays a very convincing King George VI, expressing all of the minute mannerisms that define the character – An Oscar award winning performance indeed. Rush and the rest of the cast do a sterling job supporting Firth in this film with performances that are both poignant and heartfelt.
The writing of the film is simply sublime as we truly feel King George’s inner turmoil and struggle with his treatment, riding his rollercoaster of emotions till we reach the journeys grand conclusion. The film itself isn’t merely a subject film, but rather a tale of brotherhood treading on the edge of a knife, straying too and fro, keeping the audience in complete suspense.
Above all, The King’s Speech is about a fallible, mortal man, who must rise to the occasion. The royal duties may seem inconsequential but as he inspires his kingdom with his dedication to a cause, he too inspires the audience. The message is not what is important – having the courage and resolve to be the voice of a nation in such extreme and troubled times.
The King’s Speech is truly a cinematic art piece. The cast is unquestionably the strongest area of the production and is led by a first class effort from Colin Firth with the writing and art direction following very closely. The appeal of The King’s Speech may seem limited but it would be difficult to find an audience that won’t be cheering along the sidelines of this very enjoyable film.
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