The King’s Speech
What she said:
As if having a speech impediment isn’t bad enough, try having a
debilitating stutter when you’re supposed to stand-out as the voice
and face of the British colonies. Not fun I tell you, not
fun. And that is what The King’s Speech aims to show
us. Colin Firth plays George “Bertie” VI, English royalty
who struggles day in and day out with a terrible stutter.
Firth does a fantastic job of convincingly capturing the role—you
can sense his fear when he’s forced to make public addresses, his
frustrations, and also his embarrassment. Helena Bonham Carter
plays his loyal wife, who never gives up hope that someone will be
able to help her husband. She finds that someone in Lionel
Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, a commoner who teaches George some
important lessons. He helps him to improve his stutter in
dramatic ways, but in addition to that also shows him how to open up
and be a friend.
The movie, somewhat predictably, deals with the overarching
storyline of George’s stutter, while at the same time showing the
conflict of tradition and apprehension of impending war. It is
nice to see George and Lionel’s friendship develop, and feels good
when George begins to find success in overcoming his
impediment. The cinematography of the film seems a bit
forced. Camera shots are intentionally off center, I guess to
bring some excitement to straightforward dialogue, but I instead
felt that it was a bit distracting.
The King’s Speech can move a little slow and the plot is
predictable, but it is the performances of an all-star cast that
really helps the movie to shine. I’m glad I didn’t see it in
the theater, but it was worth renting.
What he said:
I was not excited to see this movie whatsoever. It’s not
that I thought it looked bad, I just don’t get excited about dramas
very often. I’m the same way when it comes to books too. Even just
the thought of reading a biography bores me. I mean that
Even if I end up liking the movie, I don’t really pop dramas into
ye old DVD/Blu-ray very often. They just don’t grab me in the same
way fiction does. I usually prefer escapism. I like to feel as if I
am going on a journey and not just being given a recap of a series
I also get annoyed by some of the seemingly random things they
tend to change from the real life events. For example, Queen
Elizabeth is 14 years older than her sister, yet in the movie it
seems to be 3 or 4 at most. I just see no real, logical reason for
doing things like that and it bugs the hell out of me. It would not
have hurt the story to keep it that way.
That being said, I definitely enjoyed and appreciated this movie
very much. It was very well done.
For starters, I found it to be a very authentic looking film.
Sometimes things like this can get overlooked if the movie isn’t
some action flick loaded with special effects. However, there’s
something to be said about a movie that simply looks
very much like the era in which it is
supposed to take place. I thought all of it was fantastic;
the costumes, locations, and the whole look and feel of it. I felt
the same way about both this and Zodiac(review
The acting was top-notch as well. Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and
Helena Bonham Carter lead the way in this tale of King George VI’s
unconventional rise to power. I had absolutely no idea his journey
to the throne was filled with such controversy. A big part of the
equation was his speech impediment, which in those days had some
absolutely insane methods of treatment.
The portrayal of the characters is something I also really
appreciated. Here we have a story about English royalty, yet they
managed to bring a sense of normalcy to some larger than life
people. I hate public speaking. Hate it.
I would never take a job that required large amounts of it. I can
only imagine how much that feeling would be magnified by a
legitimate condition such as a severe stutter. But despite
being a royalty, the movie manages to make the
characters very relatable. King George had to do things I never
will, but he had some very normal flaws.
I also have to point out Geoffrey Rush’s performance. It was
brilliant. I don’t know if his interpretation of Lionel Logue was
anything like the real life counterpart, but it sure was
entertaining. He was a very fun and quirky, yet character man.
It did not feel like a big or grand movie, so the Academy Award
surprised me a little, but it was still quite good.
This movie review was given the He said, She said seal of
approval on May 11, 2011.