The Kings Speech (Tom Hooper, 2010): UK
Reviewed by Samuel McAtee. viewed at AFI film festival, Hollywood.
The Kings Speech was an apt description king Geoge VI and his struggle leading a country while having a speech impediment. throughout the film threw the ciematography,acting and music score, you really get a feel for the stress involved in public speaking while having a speech impediment, and the joy of personal accomplishment. Leading the people of England at a time of war, his personal accomplishments fed thenation with hope and admiration for there new king.
In the film you encounter Lionel Logue, the speech therapist to the king. The seemingly care free and almost insubordinate attitude of Lionel, played by Geoffrey Rush counters the aristocratic personality of King George VI, played by Colin Firth, and allows for great comedic banter between the characters. In one scene is seemingly trying to get King George to lighten up his impedement by getting him frustrated. seeing that he is less likely to stammer while he is angry, there is a method to his madness.
Lionel’s method slowly becomes apparent to the king allowing the audience to gain more of an attachment to the connectionand friendship between both characters.
An over all triumphof a film it both provides a depiction of the stress of leadership, the difficultiesof dealing with an abnormality and provides a senceof levity with the great chemistry between Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.