Joseph's Review of The King's Speech
The King's Speech(2010)
The kings speech is a story about friendship and courage. It's about how if you surround yourself with people who love you, conquer your fear and stand up for what's right, you can accomplish the unthinkable. The story follows Bertie who has wit and elegance but is being held back and misjudged because of his stammer. A heartbreaking and powerful performance from Colin Firth, his faultless depiction of King George VI is everything it needs to be and surprisingly very funny at times. He's also very relatable which is an interesting trait for a king. The strength of this cast is extraordinary, from Berties self-absorbed brother played by Guy Peirce who has mastered a 1930s royal accent. His strong and loving wife played by Helena Bonham Carter. Michael Gambon as his stern father. Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill. To Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, his speech therapist who uses a psychotherapeutic approach different from Berties previous therapist. Their relationship is funny and moving. It's great to watch them slowly become equals and change each other. At first I felt Geoffrey Rush was stealing the show but once their friendship started to grow they blended together and played off each other very well. Although I've never met someone with such a severe stammer that Colin Firth impeccably portrays in this film it felt like a realistic depiction of the frustration and the fear one would feel in Berties situation. An intelligent, funny and witty drama with an incredible cast and a truly inspirational story.