Director: Tom Hooper
Release Date: December 24, 2010
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Now, if you haven’t seen this movie yet or know nothing about King George VI, this movie is pretty self-explanatory on both fronts. King George had severe speech problems and in a position of power, it is pertinent to be able to communicate to a large body of people and you can really only do so, by well, making speeches. All in all, his wife, Queen Elizabeth I, hires speech therapist, Lionel Logue, to help her husband overcome this issue.
My parents watched this movie way before I finally got around to watching it. In fact, they watched it about 2 years before I did. They had even rented it from this mysterious place called Blockbuster, that actually used to house tons of movies that you could rent at will. Imagine that! But then, of course, Blockbuster went out of business and we happen to still have the DVD of The King’s Speech, along with Matt Damon’s film Hereafter. Oh well, too late to return them now.
Anyways, my parents loved the movie, to say the least. My mom talked about it a lot and really encouraged me to watch it as well. She is very interested in the history of the British monarchy, which is how I successfully got her obsessed with the show, The Tudors, the quality of which slightly dropped off once Anne Boleyn was beheaded at the end of season 2. (Season 4, you know what I’m talking about). But all of that is beside the point. I didn’t actually watch The King’s Speech until a few months ago, on this other mysterious thing called Netflix. (I mean, come on, I didn’t even watch the stolen DVD that we’ve had for the last 3 years).
So after finally watching it on one fine summer’s day, I have to say that I loved it. As I writer, and I’ve said this before, words are the most powerful weapon that we can possess as individuals. King George knew this, Queen Elizabeth knew this, and certainly Lionel Logue knew this. I found the King’s transformation throughout the film to be incredibly moving. Not only do I give speech writers kudos, but I also give kudos to those speaking. Speaking in front of crowd is a tough thing for me to overcome and I think that I’ll always have that fear. But as a leader of a nation, speaking to the people is essential. Words can drive people to action, they can give people the hope they might not have even known they needed.
Although this is a film about the British, this is a tale that we can all relate to and is an important part of our history. This is one story we should all be a part of.
I highly recommend it. But if you’re simply not sold on the premise of the film, the cast itself will have you applauding.