Film Name: The King’s Speech
Year Released: 2014
Director: Tom Hooper
Main Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Worldwide Box- Office Gross: US $414,000,000
Power and status, these are words that describe royalty but the words that describe King George VI that were so eloquently depicted in this outstanding movie are elegance and determination. George (‘Bertie’) grew up with a stammering problem that gave both his people and himself an illustration of his failed capabilities as a ruler. He then became King after his brother abdicated the throne in order to marry a divorced woman but he found no light to his situation until he met Lionel Logue, a speech therapist who provoked and established the great potential within him as both a man and a ruler of a nation during the time of War.
The Selling Point?
You don’t get to see a movie ever so often where it portrays such a different side of a King, especially a king who fails to meet a certain degree of expectations. This not only opens a whole new perspective of the way a man should be but also beautifully illustrates the life of Britain’s once great ruler. War serves as a very distraught event for it wears down the hearts of the people a mere speech given by their nation’s highest authority gives the nation a sense of hope. One would wish to be led by a great king but one would be willing to be under the leadership and guidance of a true man who sets his heart for the people above his own needs.
Lionel Logue, George’s speech therapist behaves as a delinquent and happily sits on the famous St. Edward’s chair that can only be used by a member of the royalty. George is fretting about his competence as the nation’s ruler and the his speech impediment. During the brick-a-rack of the conversation, George shouts at Lionel at least listen to him. Lionel then counters his response by saying that George himself denied his own identity as King and the questionable reason of why he should fathom the idea of wasting his time listening to George. George then replies in condescension saying: “Because I have a right to be heard! I have a voice!” Lionel then allows the tension to settle down and gracefully replies to George with a line that spoke to the hearts of the viewers: “Yes, you do.”
REEL VALUE : 8/10