February 27, 2011

At the Movies: The King's Speech

The King's Speech tells the story of how the Duke of York became King George VI of Britain. Bertie, as he was known to his friends, was never meant to rule. Afflicted by a crippling stammer, he was happy to remain in the background, happily married and raising his two daughters, involving himself in the matters of State so long as they didn't involve public speaking.

The movie opens with a failed attempt to deliver a speech in Wembley some years before the death of his father, and describing some of the  ten Duke of York's attempts at finding help for his condition, despairing at the lack of results. Secretly, his wife  keeps looking for help for him, which eventually leads her to Lionel Logue, a speech therapist who, with unconventional methods and against all odds, helps the King to find his own voice.

I have to say that I adored this movie, not only was a very cool historical movie, relating a key point in the history of Britain - that point just before the start of World War II - but it was also so damn funny, with a great rhythm. I didn't feel like I was watching a multi-award nominated movie, I just felt like I was watching a good movie: fun and full of heart.
I'll give it an A.


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