A FILM FIT FOR A KING
No car chases, no gunfire, no nude scenes.
I have no problem with any of the above in a movie, it's just nice when a movie includes none of those and still manages to be compelling, moving and entertaining anyway.
"The King's Speech" is all of the above. For the record there are several f-bombs but they make perfect sense in the context of this amazing story.
It is the story that drive this fine film and it's the performances that make it extraordinary.
Most of us vaguely know that there was a King of England in the first half of the 20th Century who abdicated, gave up the throne to marry an American divorcee. Most of us don't know the story behind that story. The King waiting in the wings was a man with a serious problem.
The King who left for love was Edward VIII. (Guy Pierce in the movie) His younger brother would eventually become King George VI. (Colin Firth in the movie) Before he would become King he wanted to overcome his speech problem. He had a very serious stammer. Most of us don't know any of that...at least we didn't until "The King's Speech"
For context...the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II is this King's daughter. His wife is the woman we all knew for so long as the Queen Mother (Helena Bonham Carter- a perfect mix of haughty and kind)
To treat the stammer, she seeks out a therapist played masterfully by Geoffrey Rush.
As the King and the therapist meet and talk and even spar, they delve not only into possible solutions for the stammer, but possible causes. This is where the man who would be king reveals his humanity..a rare glimpse of something that we wouldn't often get to witness from a royal. Firth's performance is stunning. I won't say much more because as each scene unfolds we learn more and we care more about this man and his healer and their struggle.
There are apparently speech experts now who discount both the treatment and the cause as explained in the film. It doesn't matter for this movie......this is simply what happened to King George VI.
His story is history.
Now it's entertainment in the best possible sense of the word.
It's been a long time since I've liked a movie this much. I hope to really like another one again soon. That next one may have plenty of car chases and gunfire and nude scenes..maybe just as many f-bombs! I'm ok with that, but I doubt I'll like that next movie as much as this one.
I think you'll like "The King's Speech" too. It just picked up 14 BAFTA nominations! Comment with your thoughts on the movie.
We'll talk again soon.
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