The King’s Speech

Colin Firth storms back to the award show circuit as the George VI in The King’s Speech.  The film follows the true life difficulties George VI has with his speech impediment and the bizarre situation that leads to his coronation.  Helen Bonham Carter acts as his fur clad wife who pushes and stands by her husband, while Geoffrey Rush is the eccentric speech therapist who looks at George VI without the crown and tries to cure him.

Although pinned as a dramatic movie the screenplay offers countless situations filled with laughter.  There is definitely a humor and wit to this film that most dramatic tales lack.  Part of this humor is due to Geoffrey Rush.  In a role he was born to play, his bizarre and crazed behavior had the entire theater laughing.  From his speech practices to his back and forth banter with Firth made the film a lot more enjoyable.

Movies like this bring up an important moral question in Hollywood.  The film is advertised as a true story and for the most part i think it is.  Today’s audience take film reality and 100% reality.  What is the filmmakers role in letting the audience know what is actuality and what is fabrication?  Of course no audience would believe that each conversation is verbatim but, for instance, how much of the Wallis Simpson story arc is true.  It is a line hard to follow and an important note about this movie especially  because of the how true is comes across.

One thing that i felt could have been added to the film was the fear that Hitler was rising in Europe.  The reason George IV’s voice was so important because his voice was the one that rang out in opposition to Hitler’s.  His voice acted as the reassurance to the British people to stay strong and persevere.  If the film built up this clash throughout the film it would have made the end a more powerful moment.

 

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  1. Love it! I want to see this so badly!

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