#12 / 365 – ‘The King’s Speech’ – 118 mins
Cinema Challenge #4 / 115
Tells the story of Prince George (Colin Firth) who was later to become King George IV after his Brother King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) abdicates after a short reign on the throne. Unfortunately our reluctant King to be is plagued by a dreadful stammer, so Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) employs the help of a speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) whose methods are unorthodox to say the least.
What Director Tom Hooper (‘The Damned United’) as created is a character driven piece more than a story one, as the unlikely friendship that is struck between Logue and Prince George, or Bertie to his friends is a powerfully touching one at times. It was surprising how much wit, humour and quintessentially British it is, was injected throughout which was good because it found that perfect balance alongside the seriousness of the script.
Colin Firth is stellar and a marvel to watch in his performance and has yet again proved this is role he was born to play and makes it his castle. Likewise are Bonham Carter and Rush are delightful as they air out a certain gracefulness.
Special praise should be made to the set designers as their attention to detail in every scene is impeccable, where everything from the lavish costumes to microphones are historically accurate.
This year as got off to a perfect start and it is very rare to come across two gems within one week, this and ‘127 Hours‘. ‘The King’s Speech‘ is a magnificent triumph and one that makes you proud to be British.