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The King's Speech (2010)

Updated on April 3, 2013

A Masterpiece of Modern Cinema

Every once in while, there comes a film that not only offers an engagingly deep character driven story, it also touches the heart of it's audience. "The King's Speech" may not be as commercially glamorous as the other films out there, but it has something most of them lack. A little something that can be referred to as substance. Set in 1939, Nazi Germany was coming into power, and England was nation that looked to be engulfed in turmoil, as King George V (Michael Gambon) had recently died; while his eldest son, King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), was disgraced in the eyes of the public for marrying a commoner. Who else is left to lead England into perhaps arguably the greatest war in world history? None other than his other son, Prince Albert, who later becomes known as King George VI (Colin Firth). However, there's only one problem.

Prince Albert suffers from a stammering speech impediment; especially when he's required to do a lot of public speaking before his subjects. This leads him to seek help from an Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), who uses rather unorthodox methods to help eliminate his problem.

In hindsight though, some people are probably going to say this film is nothing more than a bunch of overly pretentious crap designed only to appease film critics. However, you'd be wrong to assume that. As I stated earlier, "The King's Speech" may lack a lot in style when it comes to cinema, but it certainly contains a lot of substance for those yearning for something more than that. The plot synopsis I just described may make it seem like nothing more than a pretentious story about some speech therapist making a King comfortable enough to talk in front of a microphone, but there's more to the story than that.

As Lionel eloquently suggests, the Prince's speech impediment is really just the surface of his troubles; masking a series of psychological issues pertaining to self confidence, as Albert must learn to find his own voice. Prince Albert was a man that never wanted to be King originally, and he could never stand up for himself whenever he confronted his father or his elder brother. However, with Lionel's help, Prince Albert embarks on a emotional journey to not only find that hidden voice within himself, but a underlining strength he never knew he had.

Without a doubt, "The King's Speech" is a deep thought provoking film about one man's ascension to overcome his social insecurities to rise up to become the great man he was destined to be.

Colin Firth, does a wonderful job orchestrating his role to perfection. Allowing the viewer to see the transgression, as he goes from a stammering Prince to showing signs of potentially becoming the great leader he was always born to be. As for Geoffrey Rush, he was simply brilliant in his performance as well, as he brings a sense of eccentric delight to this otherwise dramatic film that helps brings Prince Albert that much closer to discovering the hidden strength he has within himself. Let's not forget Helena Bonham Carter, who was also delightful in her role as well. As she literally goes from conniving evil b**** from the Harry Potter series, to a sweet and supportive wife so convincingly that you'll have to see it to believe it.

Then there's Tom Hooper, who seemingly orchestrates this film like a pro. He not only manages to create a subtle story about friendship, he also manages to portray a powerful emotional story that will leave audiences begging for more.

Overall, I'd have to give "The King's Speech" a three and a half out of four. Sadly, I don't think everyone would like this movie, unless your really into dramatic films. However, if your looking for a truly emotionally driven film that sticks it right to the heart of it's audience, then look no further than this movie. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Thanks mighty mom. Well i only mentioned that last part about how this film may not be for everyone, as I happen to work with a guy that's kind of one of those "know it all" guys at work. i tried to convince him to see this film, but he was like "why do i want to see a film about a speech therapist teaching a retarded king how to talk?" those were his exact words too. no lie. however, after he said that, i tried to explain the plot to him and what was so great about the film. however, he kept interrupting me saying, "but he's a f***ing king though." (sighs) granted, it's only one persons opinion, but it seems many of my co workers feel the same way; in spite of the fact they never even seen the film. Ugh. Don't get me wrong, I can understand people not liking a film, but you shouldn't say a movie outright stinks without even seeing it. Oh well. that's another argument for another time.

      anyways, that's why i'm kind of hesitant to recommend this film to everyone. Don't get me wrong, it's a great film, and it's definitely one of the best of last year. Unfortunately, I think it's sad that most people won't even give it a fair shake. anyways, thanks again for stopping by, as its always nice seeing you here. :)

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      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      It is very interesting to compare viewpoints on films. Proven once again here. I have no reservations about recommending The King's Speech. Why? Because I think it has a ton of layers of satisfaction. It's historical. It's a love story. It's a story of personal triumph. It's about friendship between men. It's humanizing.

      And it's funny as hell (in spots).

      Great review -- as always! MM

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Your welcome Alicia. I'm glad you found the review helpful, and I hope you enjoy the film every bit as much as I did. Anyways, thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the review. I’m planning to see this movie and was wondering how Colin Firth handled the role of King George. Now that I've read your review and watched the trailer, I'm also very interested in seeing Geoffrey Rush's portrayal as the speech therapist.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      No, I didn't. All i said was...I THINK..not I know. There is a difference there banana boy. lol j/k

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      John 

      7 years ago

      That's okay; you already answered it. :)

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      lol. John, come back and read my oscar predictions set to be released soon and find out. ;) lol.

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      John 

      7 years ago

      So you do believe this is the favorite as the Best Picture winner?

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Yeah, I don't disagree. I have a strong feeling that Colin Firth and "The King's Speech" are going to end up with this year's Academy Award if you ask me.

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      john 

      7 years ago

      With 'The King's Speech' beating out 'Social Network' at last night's SAG Awards (the strongest indicator of Oscar winners over last 10 years), think this will be the first period piece to win since 'Shakespeare In Love' surprised all in '98.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      @2besure

      I didn't know you had a speech impediment when you were younger. I'm sorry to hear that, but I'm glad to hear you no longer suffer from that though. Yeah, it is a very touching story. One that I'm many will enjoy if they see it. Anyways, thanks for stopping by. :)

      @john

      to be honest, i can't really say, as i still have to watch all the films that have been nominated AND the other movies nominated screenplays and movies that the actors/actresses nominated have been in, until i can get back to you on that. Sorry. However, i will say that i doubt "inception" will win because Nolan was snubbed for best director, so that doesn't bode well for his chances. as for social network, i think that might have a great shot at winning best picture. however, i still reserve final judgment until i've seen all the films nominated. :)

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I am looking forward to seeing this movie. You heart has to go out to an adult with a speech impediment. I got mine fixed when I was 11 and got braces.

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      John 

      7 years ago

      So is this year's period piece, 'The King's Speech,' your favorite for Best Picture? Personally, 'Inception' or 'The Social Network' are more deserving for sheer originality, great direction, excellent script, and brilliant performances.

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Aman. I'm glad you liked the hub. :)

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      am@n 

      7 years ago

      wow! great hub... i am impressed....voted up :) cheers

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