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