The Kings Speech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The film was a passion project and a longtime labour of love for screenwriter David Seidler, who grew up with a stammer of his own, and a set of parents who encouraged him, saying that if King George VI could overcome his stammer, so could young David. That’s probably why Bertie [King George] is not presented to us as some distant and perfect monarch – and it’s not just his stammer that humanizes him for the audience, it is the entire feeling of the film, an intimate and oftentimes loving look at the man who would be king.

The supporting cast are excellent although they are indeed pedigree so we should expect nothing less. Derek Jacobi as Archbishop Cosmo Lang, who looked down his nose at the commoner therapist, Guy Pearce as Nazi-sympathizing King Edward VIII who gave up his throne to marry the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson (Eve Best), Michael Gambon as the ailing King George V, and Claire Bloom as the aging Queen Mary. Churchill was always going to be a tough one and although Timothy Spall does his best he falls well short of Albert Finneys portrayal.

This isn't stuffy, it has both an Ivory/Merchant polished sheen (love it or hate it--I went ahead and embraced it fully and felt rewarded in the end) and a deeply emotional context. Netty Chapman's art direction and Eve Stewart's production design are impeccable and fascinating to behold; the muddled colors in the peeled wallpaper on the walls of Logue's humble office looks like a painting. The movie is enhanced by the talented Alexandre Desplat's score.

A beautifully crafted drama which is well worth a watch...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Kings Speech