The King’s Speech Discussed May 3, 2012
The King’s Speech follows the story of King George the 5th, the king that was never meant to be. With a speech impediment, the king finds it hard to give public speeches, and this was never corrected because he was never meant to be the king, but after the abdication of the throne by King Edward the 8th he is given no choice.
The King’s Speech is a film about overcoming great obstacles in a life where everyone is watching you. King George the 5th was never meant to be king but now he has to be, but having a speech impediment he cannot give public speeches easily. King George seeks the assistance of Lionel Logue, a speech therapist that helps the king overcome his affliction.
The film has many great actors that were praised time and time again for their performance in this film. Colin Firth in particular stood out from the crowd with the amazing amount of effort that he put in to becoming King George the 5th.
The trend in royal films has been moving steadily ever since the released of The Queen. The King’s Speech received great praises from everyone that saw it as did The Iron Lady, which is a film about the life and work of Margaret Thatcher. With a film about Princess Dianna already in the works it seems that this new trend of royal films won’t be ending anytime soon.
People adore The King’s Speech because it is funny, true and accurate. Most films that based in the past tend to lack consistency and accuracy because there is little source material to use. In the case of the royal family however there is much historical information readily available for those that want it.
Among the awards the film received was Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham-Carter. Helena truly deserved this award because of the steady and yet commanding role she took on in the film. This made it all the more enjoyable for the audience and managed to keep the tone serious with a good sense of humour.
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