No, the King’s speech is not about Martin Luther King’s famous speech in Washington DC.
This movie is about King George VI of England. (Wait – before you yawn and complain about another historical period drama with a boring story meant for blue hairs who lived through it the first time – stop!) This movie is exciting and amazing and a must see.
Imagine two princes – one a serious study of royal duties and the other, who is in line to inherit the throne, a partying playboy.
The senior prince decides to marry a commoner divorcee from Baltimore, which jeopardizes his right to the crown. (Remind you of anyone – ripped from the headlines of today’s tabloids—Prince William and Kate Middleton?) I guess history really does repeat itself…
But unlike the seemingly cordial relationship between Princes William and Harry, their grandfather’s (King George VI, played by Colin Firth) and great uncle’s (King Edward VIII, played by Guy Pierce) relationship is a bit more combustible.
George VI reluctantly agrees to take the throne during a tumultuous time while Britain faces the reality of entering World War II. While King George VI has mastered his royal duties and responsibilities, he has not mastered the art of speaking without a significant stutter.
Enter Geoffery Rush as the unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue. His self-taught techniques that he developed dealing with shell-shocked soldiers in WWI pushes the King in ways he had never been pushed before. Over the course of their sessions they develop a great friendship that broke the boundary between society’s rules towards commoner and royal.
After the fighting and stress and drama, the film culminates into one final dramatic speech that King George VI is to deliver to the entire British Empire on the brink of war via radio.
Colin Firth delivers an Oscar worthy performance as King George VI. His ability to stuttering and stammering in gradients as his speech lessons improve his speech was masterful and amazing. His emotions of joy and anger that he displayed through his friendship with Logue, portrayed by an equally amazing Rush, was a lesson in dramatics for every wanna-be actor of the world.
This is a must see movie and a predicted multi-Oscar winner movie for Firth and Rush. I also predict Princes William and Harry are proud of the portrayals of their family as well and are rooting for the film to win, too.