Thanks again to J-Dub of Dubsism for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Emily of The Flapper Dame and we will be reviewing our favorite Wedding Movies.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Emily!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“In the past, all a King had to do was look respectable in uniform and not fall off his horse. Now we must invade people’s homes and ingratiate ourselves with them. This family’s been reduced to those lowest, basest of all creatures. We’ve become actors!” – King George V
Number of Times Seen – 3 (17 Jan 2011, 9 Jul 2013 and 30 May 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – The British Prince Albert tries to find a solution to his speech impediment when his father the King makes him realize how important it must be for a statesman to speak properly to his people.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve only seen 3 times, but I’ve been blown away by it each time since it’s such an amazing film that is able to tell a biographical story, yet also at the same time deal with how a ruler of one of the strongest nations in the world was able to overcome a disability.
The movie looks at the way that the changing times were catalysts in a ripple effect for leaders and how the way that radio became so profound new media and changed the way one can communicate with the world.
Colin Firth is a great actor and plays the lead role superbly since he is able to give off a regal feel for his character mixed together with the down to Earth feeling that he truly wishes to find a solution to his speech impediment since he knows that it’s the best for the changing world in order to give confidence to his subjects in his rule.
The chemistry between Firth and his onscreen wife played by Helena Bonham Carter is sublime and its so easy to believe that they are truly a loving married couple looking out for one another however they can.
They do an excellent job mixing together the personal and political aspects of the story.
This is apparent because we can believe that he not only wants to be the best ruler possible, but also the best husband father, son and man in all that he does.
Geoffrey Rush is also superb as his speech teacher who by using unorthodox methods makes steady improvement in his new “patient.”
He is able to take the King on a path to finding his inner strength that is so essential in such a turbulent time where the political lines in the world are being drawn and a firm ruler without a stammer is needed in order to give off enough confidence to his subjects.
This is such an amazingly gripping film despite not hiding any surprises along the way that is quite deserving of all of its accolades including Best Actor, Director and Picture at the Oscars.
Bottom Line – Excellent biographical film that allows us to get an idea of how the changing times caused many ripple effects for leaders. Firth is superb in the lead role and gives off both a regal feeling along with the feel that he truly wishes to find a solution to his speech impediment. The chemistry that he has with Carter who plays his wife, is impeccable and it’s hard to not feel for their relationship and love for one another through mutual support. The film does a great job mixing together both personal and political aspects of his life while showing us his will to become not just the best ruler, but also the best father, husband and man that he can be in all that he does. Rush is also superb as his teacher who leads him along the path to finding his inner strength to overcome his stammer in a time filled with much political problems where a firm ruler is essential to have. Very deserving of all of its accolades including Best Picture, Director, and Actor at the Oscars. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Screenwriter David Seidler stammered as a child, and heard King George VI’s wartime speech as a child. As an adult, he wrote Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (widow of George VI) and asked for permission to use the King’s story to create a movie. The Queen Mother asked him not to during her lifetime, saying the memories were too painful. Seidler respected her request. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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