Viewport width =
February 28, 2011 | by  | in Film |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech is set in that overshadowed period of history between WWI and WWII: a simpler time, where wireless communication was a new and exciting invention, and you could wear a top hat without looking like a guitar-playing weirdo. (Slash, you’ve ruined the top hat for everybody!)

The film focuses on the Duke of York and eventual King Prince Albert (Colin Firth), and his battle against a crippling speech impediment. The grand old Duke of York has his 10,000 men, but with his speech impediment, he’s never going to be able to march them up the top of the hill… let alone down again.

The Duke gulps like a fish and can barely form syllables, let alone sentences: it’s cringeworthy watching him attempt to speak, and easy to identify with the anguish and embarrassment he feels. After having seemingly tried everything to fix his p-p-problem (sorry), the Duke is distraught. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) persuades him to meet one more speech therapist, who goes by the name of Lionel Lowe (Geoffrey Rush). Lowe is a renegade who plays by his own rules, but goddammit, he gets results! From here on out, the film turns into a pseudo-buddy film, as Lowe and Bertie develop their friendship while developing the Duke’s ability to speak.

The film is mostly engaging due to Firth’s self-deprecating humour. The acting is top-notch throughout, with Firth in particular completely believable, both as a late 1920s royal and a man with an all-encompassing speech disorder. Bonham Carter enunciates like a proper English lady (her rain certainly stays mainly on the plain). The score is minimalist, but helps to set the scene and never draws attention away from the Duke’s battle with himself.

A lot more fun than its dour subject matter would suggest, The King’s Speech is a simply splendid film.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Comments are closed.

Recent posts

  1. Losing Metiria
  2. Blind Spot
  3. Aspie on Campus
  4. Issue 17
  5. Australian Sexual Assault Report Released
  6. The Swimmer
  7. European Students Association Re-emerges
  8. Can of Worms!
  9. A Monster Calls — J. A. Bayona
  10. Snapchat is a Girl’s Best Friend and Other Shit Chat
LOCKED-OUT

Editor's Pick

Locked Out

: - SPONSORED - The first prisons in New Zealand were established in the 1840s, and there are now 18 prisons nationwide.¹ According to the Department of Corrections, the prison population was 10,035 in March — of which, 50.9% are Māori, 32.0% are Pākehā, 11.0% are Pasifika, a