Walking into this film I expected a film with a lot of dialogue and no action, but the dialogue was the action. The King’s Speech follows King George VI (Colin Firth) trying to overcome his stammer from childhood to lead his country during the Second World War. He did try to improve his stammer prior to becoming King, where his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) referred him to Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a Australian speech therapist who has radical techniques. But gave up after a tour of the Commonwealth. After the death of King George V (Michael Gambon) Bertie’s ( Firth) brother the Prince of Wales (Guy Pearce) next inline to the throne, he of the two older siblings was more radical and a free spirit. This comes to life when King Edward VIII (Pearce) abdicates the throne to marry Wallis Simpson who was divorced three times, this under the Church of England meant he had to abdicate as King. This becomes the motivation in the journey of King George VI (Firth) to overcome his stammer in order to address the nation, with the help of Lionel Louge and Elizabeth. During a time where the Royal Family were more public they had to become more perfect more than ever due to the invention of radio broadcast, this increased the pressure for a very weak man who needed to become a King to lead his nation to glory.
Colin Firth has topped his performance in A Single Man (2010) with a very believable performance as King George VI. His research and dedication to the role is astonishing, he did receive help from his sister in his role as she is a speech therapist, truly he deserved his Oscar. The two supporting roles from Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush are immense, they are the rock that keep this film together, they become the motivation for Firth to improve his stammer. Tom Hooper does deserve recognition for his work, as he truly has made a British masterpiece. But this film never would of happened without David Seidler, who has written a beautiful screenplay. Truly one of the films of the year