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Best Picture – The King’s Speech (2010)

Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush & Helena Bonham Carter

Rating 9/10

This movie was a huge hit in Australia. I remember our local cinema had lines out the door – it was cheap Tuesday, I must admit – but still! For some reason, people are super-curious when it comes to the Royal family, probably because we can only assume what goes on behind those large closed doors. And damn it, we want to know the real Royals don’t we? I do.

It all begins when Prince Albert (Firth), the second son of King George V is about to make a speech to a crowd and on the radio at Wembley Stadium. He approaches the microphone with his lovely little wifey, Elizabeth (Bonham Carter) attached to his elbow because she knows how hard this is going to be for him. A few stutters, swallows, and silences later, the speech is finished and Albert is left feeling like a loser.

So, Liz takes him to see the unorthodox speech therapist and all ’round Aussie good guy, Lionel Logue who insists on calling His Majesty, Bertie. Albert is not amused but puts up with it (after a bit) because he can see that there’s actually a method in Logue’s madness.

Then King George V dies, bless his bearded soul, and his oldest son, David (Guy Pearce) becomes King Edward VIII which is a bit of a problem as he’s having a fairly public affair with a married woman. Bertie and Logue then have a bit of a tiff when Lionel suggests that Albert could soon be on the throne. Logue is proved right when the King announces that he’s going to marry Wallis and the government urges him to abdicate and let Bertie rule the roost, which he does cos he loves the lady, ya dig?!

Albert is not overly confident that he can rule with honour because of his speech impediment (oh, yeah, did I mention he has trouble speaking?). Anyhoo, Logue gets to the bottom of Bertie’s personal problems and starts to prop the man up so that he actually feels like a King. He prepares Albert for his coronation where he will become King George VI and everything goes swimmingly.

War looms as Hitler invades Poland and gets all fired up about evil things and points a lot to the sky (I keep looking but I can’t see anything!). When war is declared, it’s up to the new King to tell his people about it which brings about his big moment, one that he has been working towards all his life. Logue joins him in a comfy looking recording room as the King readies himself to speak, they focus, breathe, open a window then off he goes!  Meanwhile his family grip the sides of some pretty  fancy chairs, appearing worried but hopeful! Then the King speaks and everyone cheers! (But the war is still going to happen so…).

This film is an easy watch. The characters are fascinating and Logue is typically Aussie in the way that he relates to His Majesty. He is down-to-earth and a little disrespectful but his techniques work and the fellas soon become firm friends.

The performances are impeccable, the story is intriguing and the ending is uplifting. It’s just a well-made, enjoyable piece of cinema. Check it out for yourself!

The King’s Speech Trivia:

  • Budget – $15 million
  • Logue’s son, Dr Valentine Logue, agreed to share his father’s notebooks with screenwriter, David Seidler if it was alright with the Queen mum. She said yes but after she was gone and Seidler respected this, waiting until her death in 2002 to develop the story.
  • Pearce is actually 7 years younger than Firth making him a strange casting choice for the role of older brother, David.
  • This is Timothy Spall’s second crack in the same year at playing Winston Churchill.
  • Paul Bettany was considered for the role of Bertie.
  • This film is an Australian co-production and is the first (part) Aussie flick to win Best Picture.
  • Quotes from Logue’s diary are included in the film eg: Logue -“You still stammered on the W” / King George VI “I had to throw in a few so they would know it was me”.
  • Director Tom Hooper won the Oscar for Best Director with his first film.

The real King’s speech:

One more film to go! Can you guess what it is? Next time, I’ll be reviewing the latest winner of the Best Picture Academy Award, The Artist starring, Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and Uggie the dog.

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