“The King’s Speech” tells the story of the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ‘Bertie’ VI (Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.
Director Tom Hooper does an excellent job of staying on point without letting Speech becoming too dependent on dialogue. Barry Cohen’s Cinematography was fantastic. Editing could have been better. Art and Costumes Direction were just brilliant.
Colin firth (King George VI) was simply outstanding, it felt like he was actually king George(VI) his performance was powerful, endearing and for the better part of the film, he carries it alone without a single fault. Geoffrey Rush is sensational as Lionel Logue – witty, strict, and determined, he endeavors to treat Albert like any other student and break down his defenses. Their time together on screen ripples with energy and tension. Helena Bonham Carter is lovely as the Duchess of York, portraying a lovely, gentle, caring woman who will do anything to help her husband and who suffers along with him.
Even there were some flaws. It’s a tad too long with some mid script drag. A couple of outdoor walk and talks aren’t enough. The Churchill character was a distraction, as was the music score, that at times, was noticeable for the wrong reason.
My Favourite Scene: Geoffrey Rush (Logue) sitting in The Coronation Chair.
The King’s Speech lives up to expectations but lacks that magical touch of a Master-Piece.