*Originally Posted on June 23, 2011*
1 hr 58 min
Worldwide Gross: $414,211,549
Academy award winner, The Kings Speech, tells the story of King George VI (Colin Firth) who has to take the place of King after his father’s death and his brother decide’s to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson, who is divorced and has some less than legitimate political ties. The central focus is on Albert (Firth) who is troubled by a stammering problem. He turns to an unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), so that when he gives speech’s to his country, they can put their faith in him. What’s great about this movie is that no character is perfect. Albert is dealing with issues of childhood bullying and resentment towards his father while trying to control his trigger temper. Logue struggles to find balance for what is appropriate for a relationship between the King and himself, a commoner, not only in terms of class but in friendship as well.
It’s great to see this unique perspective of an almost dysfunctional royal family, where, if they were a normal family might have fallen apart. It just seems that all the outbursts and overreactions in The Kings Speech could actually happen in real life, adding a realistic touch on the characters and their problems.
The King’s Speech, on its surface, is about overcoming adversity, but at its core, it is really about friendships and gaining confidence. After watching, there will be no loss for words in describing this beautiful film.