Now I know why it garnered all the awards and nominations.
The plot is quite simple- It was the dawn of the radio, and there was a new expectation for the hidden monarchy – public speaking! But England's new King was ill prepared for that ordeal. His interminably long paused speeches due to an impediment embarrassed the nation but it was a thousand times worse for the stammer-er himself and something had to be done. The movie then led us into the speechless and lonely world of a royal stammer-er.
It was a typical period drama. All the bowing and kissing and courtesies, ‘your majesties’ and what not. There was no running or swinging from planes; but you felt as anxious for its leading actor Bertie like you would for the action hero that is jumping high rises, chased by a posse of Russian spies.
Or is it the royal snubs, (given both in look and words) that are as painful as an uppercut or slap? I do love the English!
Colin Firth gave a most superb performance as the King. Faultless if I might say. Geoffery Rush as the speech therapist Logue gave as good as he got too. Such wit and obstinacy! If a supporting actor is one whose character and performance can stand in its own stead and yet let the lead shine then that was Rush epitomized.
Helena Bonheim-Carter - the King’s wife was terrific too. She was the silent martyr suffering his frustrations with him. You can feel the tension in her whenever they are in public even at home with the kids. You can’t also help but appreciate the support she gave him; the perfect wife.
I haven’t seen the movies of the ladies she is up against to compare her probability of winning, but I do acknowledge that these three had a synergistic energy that cannot be ignored.
Anyway, it was a beautiful movie even funny at times and TOTALLY in accord with the kind of movies chosen by Academy award judges - realistic, meditative,
gloomy and long winded thankfully not in this case.
So if you are still wondering why you should watch this, if maybe it’s all hype, trust me, it isn’t.
Ginger scores it 9/10
This film made me appreciate the beauty of having a voice that can speak at will. Stammering I believe is still stigmatized even now and we are reminded of how unsettling it is to listen to one. But, I also wonder if it will be such a big issue if it happens in this day and age?
E.g. Public figure that would most affected: ANY President of the USA... US presidents give the most speeches (in number and length) in the world.
Solutions: A public speaking clone of the Prez would be made or he could lip-sync to a pre-recorded voice or he could just give up on public speeches and FB/Tweet!