Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The King's Speech - 2010
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Producer: See-Saw Films, Bedlam Productions
Writer: David Seidler
Director: Tom Hooper
Tagline: It takes leadership to confront a nation's fear. It takes friendship to conquer your own.
Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi and more.
A review and overview of the movie The King's Speech.
This is a biopic of England's King George VI(Colin Firth), the father of Queen Elizabeth II year 1925. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a stammer and the inability to speak in a crowd with low self-confidence he considers himself unfit to be king and was reluctant.
King George engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist from Australia named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.
It's a slow movie but mainly because it is that. But, despite it's rather "simple" cinematography, the values that you get from this wonderful film is a winner. It is simple but very moving... and I think movies ought to be something like this. It's a wonderful testament that you don't need super special effects and other out-of-this world elements to make a great movie.
It is warm and inspiring... often humorous... and the tagline says it all: It takes leadership to confront a nation's fear. It takes friendship to conquer your own.
How amazing trust and friendship can take you to conquer your fear. :)
Lionel: [as George "Berty" is lighting up a cigarette] Please don't do that.
King George VI: I'm sorry?
Lionel: I believe sucking smoke into your lungs will kill you.
King George VI: My physicians say it relaxes the throat.
Lionel: They're idiots.
King George VI: They've all been knighted.
Lionel: Makes it official then.