The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech, an alluring yet historical 1930’s vision of Britain as it begins to descend into World War II. Directed by Tom Hooper (The Damned United) The King’s Speech, already having ruled over the Baftas the film has at last come out on DVD for the whole world to view in the comfort of their living room.

The story begins with George VI (Colin Firth) stammering away as he yet again attempts to deliver a speech at the distinguished Wembley Stadium. He gives up after a few minutes, unwilling to withstand the sure to come ridiculing from the nation that one day he may have to lead but fearing most the disappointment dished out by his father King George V (Michael Gambon).

Shortly afterwards the King dies and now comes the time when his eldest son David (later to be known as King Edward VIII) must take his rightful place on the throne as he succeeds his father. However, unfortunately for George VI (known as Bertie within his family circle) it is not long before David finds “true love” with friend of the Nazis and twice divorced Mrs Wallis Simpson. Deciding to follow his heart rather than his civic duty he abdicates from the throne, leaving the only remaining heir, his younger brother Bertie to take to the throne as George VI.

The King's Speech In desperate need of a leader as his country is on the brink of war, his wife and soon to be the Queen Mother (Helana Bonham Carter) arranges for her husband to see an unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Longue (Geoffrey Rush).

With the weight of the country on his shoulders and a scheming Hitler at large, Albert must overcome his fear of both his stammer and the prospect of becoming King and ruling over a war- ridden country.

Words cannot describe the quality of this classic new film. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it has you sitting right on the edge of your seat. It is everything and more. Colin Firth displays the fear derived from his troubled childhood and his struggle to find his voice as he is faced with the duty of leading the nation into a more peaceful era. He gets across the sense of desperation and longing for a life free of complications and stammers that have haunted him since childhood.

The King’s Speech pulls on your heartstrings and really makes you feel for the characters as they take you through their endless struggles. It gives you a real insight into the life of a royal and shows you that it’s not a life of luxury where you barely have to lift a finger. Instead it’s a constant fight between who you want to be and who the people need you to be.


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