As if The King’s Speech needs any more hype, I’ll just shoot you faithful readers straight.
Colin Firth plays Albert, the Prince of York who has a dreadful stutter that is magnified through his humiliating speaking appearances. As his shaky warble echoes throughout filled stadiums, the agony of embarrassment is nearly overwhelming. Due to his inescapable public figure, he has no choice but to seek help and find a cure.
Albert’s wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) searches for treatment through the classified ads and comes across Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a failed actor who has resorted to make ends meet through speech therapy. Albert buckles to his wife’s suggestion, and Lionel unexpectedly has a star patient on his hands.
Albert becomes increasingly frustrated with Lionel’s unorthodox methods and fires Lionel numerous times, all the while discovering that his seclusion in the royal family had worsened his impediment. Every time that Albert gives up, he returns to Lionel for reliable guidance and friendship.
Meanwhile, Albert’s father King George V (Dumbledore, err…Michael Gambon) is slowly sinking toward his death with Albert’s hard partying brother Prince Edward (Guy Pearce) heir to the throne. With Hitler establishing a menacing presence throughout the world, it is time to panic in Great Britain.
As George V expires, Edward takes the throne but is unable to handle the responsibility, mainly due to his infatuation with his twice-divorced mistress (Eve Best). As Edward succumbs to the pressure, he relinquishes the throne to his little brother and Prince Albert becomes King George VI.
Still carrying a dreadful stutter and desperate for confidence, the new King must rely on his therapist and best friend to get him through the defining moments of his reign.
Colin Firth’s dazzling performance brings a would-be king down to his knees, and successfully portrays to viewers what the weight of the world must have felt like. Geoffrey Rush is sharp and witty throughout each scene and Helena Bonham Carter is also as exquisite as she’s ever been, proving she can run the gamut from erratic to elegant without pause.
While the ensemble cast performance is exceptional, the set and costume design is as equally pleasing to the eye and imagination. Throw in a captivating script that is complete with heavy dialogue and biting humor, The King’s Speech is royally deserving of a crown.
The survey says….5 stars out of 5…..