The King’s Speech

3 Jan

Over the holidays I had the chance to see The King’s Speech. I absolutely loved it!

The film tells the story of King George VI (played by the impeccable Colin Firth) who suddenly became king after the death of his father, George V (Michael Gambon, who I didn’t even recognize) and the rather scandalous abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, who gave up the throne to marry the twice-divorced American socialite, Wallis Simpson. King George VI, or “Bertie” as he was known to his family, is forced to deal with his debilitating speech impediment as England is thrust into war with Germany and the country desperately needs a strong leader. His wife, the future Queen Mother (Helena Bonham Carter), enlists the help of a rather unconventional speech therapist named Lionel Logue, played by the marvelous Geoffrey Rush, to help him learn to control his stammer. Their sessions are eccentric and the evolution of their relationship is a joy to watch onscreen.

The film was artfully directed, and the costumes and the set were spot on. My favorite scenes are those where Bertie sits on the couch in Logue’s office against a rather amazing wall. You can see a bit of it in this picture, although this image does not do it justice.

If you’re an Anglophile or just enjoy history, go see this movie. Colin Firth is astounding in this role. He truly disappears into this character and the story is amazing. You can go here to hear King George VI’s actual speech, but I recommend you wait to listen until after you’ve seen the movie. It really is fantastic.

All images courtesy of here.


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