“The King’s Speech” is excellent storytelling

by Russell's Rants

Originally published November 27, 2010

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“The King’s Speech”

Rating: 4 stars
If you’re second in line to the British throne and have a speech impediment, that would be a major inconvenience. If your older brother later abdicates the throne and gives it to you in the lead-up to a World War, then your ability to speak clearly is a major imperative. The new motion picture “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company 2010) tells the story of how Prince Albert, who became King George VI (Colin Firth) found his voice at a crucial time in world history.

The central focus of the movie is the relationship between the would-be king and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Mr. Logue, however, is not a doctor, but a failed actor who gained experience in World War I helping soldiers regain their speech after traumatic war injuries or experiences. After trying other therapies that did not work, the future King must learn to trust Mr. Logue if he is to improve his public speaking abilities.

“The King’s Speech” has a good, dramatic story combined with excellent acting. I would expect both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush to receive Academy Award nominations for their performances. In addition, the movie does something which I really appreciate in cinema: it brings a historical subject to life in a compelling, accessible fashion. Plus any movie that features Winston Churchill gets extra credit in my book.

Two thumbs up!

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