The King’s Speech (2010)

rating: 4.5/5

Definitely one of the best inspiring drama movie I have ever watched.

I watched this movie in the cinema last year, yet the movie never fails to surprise me once more. I have developed my utter respect to Colin First and Geoffrey Rush. Both were impeccable. Just beautiful. The acting was just… outstanding. Of course, it is reflected in the awards that this movie has won.

Based on a true story of the King George VI (who is the father of Queen Elizabeth I, note that Prince William and Harry’s mother is Queen Elizabeth II), this story is just uplifting. King George VI stammered. England was in war with Germany at that time (the reign of Hitler), and then come the question: how could a stammering king address his people publicly and lift up their spirits?

Geoffrey Rush, who acted as his “speech pathologist”, which in the end turned to be the king’s friend, gained my respect. After watching the Pirates series, I couldn’t believe that this is the same guy that acted as Barbossa. It just couldn’t be. Yet he proved that he is indeed a good actor. He won the best supporting actor.

However, the main star, is of course, Colin Firth. The stammering, the stress… They were just marvelous! The chanting of words, the singing, the swearing… He did it all, making the audience believe that he indeed stammered. A very good actor – he won the best actor award.

So what’s the morale of the story, you may ask? This movie inspired and uplifted various issues in life, from friendship, honour, family, and also the role of women as support systems for their husbands. We are shown how the speech pathologist held his values throughout the sessions, and he did not search for money, nor fame; he simply offered the king his service, yet seeing him as equal, no matter what the social status is. Throughout the sessions, he repeatedly said, “My castle, my rules.”

“Lionel Logue: Why do you stammer so much more with David than you ever do with me?
King George VI: ‘Cos you’re b… bloody well paid to listen.
Lionel Logue: Bertie, I’m not a geisha girl.

The king’s speech is presented below: the first one made by King George VI.

“In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history, I send to every household of my peoples, both at home and overseas, this message, spoken with the same depth of feeling for each one of you, as if I were able to cross your threshold and speak to you myself. For the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war. Over and over again we have tried to find a peaceful way out of the differences between ourselves and those who are now our enemies. But it has been in vain. We have been forced into a conflict, for we are called to meet the challenge of a principle, which, if it were to prevail, would be fatal to any civilized order in the world. Such a principle, stripped of all disguise, is surely the mere primitive doctrine that might is right. For the sake of all that we ourselves hold dear, it is unthinkable that we should refuse to meet the challenge. It is to this high purpose that I now call my people at home, and my peoples across the seas, who will make our cause their own. I ask them to stand calm and firm and united in this time of trial. The task will be hard. There may be dark days ahead, and war can no longer be confined to the battlefield. But we can only do the right as we see the right, and reverently commit our cause to God. If one and all we keep resolutely faithful to it, then, with God’s help, we shall prevail.”

Totally recommend this movie to all of you.

For further information (as well as promotion), read my sister’s review here. Check her other posts, she is a wonderful writer ;).

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