The Kings Speech

 "...fuckity, shit, shit, fuck and willy. Willy, shit and fuck and... tits." King George VI

"...fuckity, shit, shit, fuck and willy. Willy, shit and fuck and... tits." King George VI


☆ Masterpiece 


The Kings Speech (2010) is a masterful historical drama about King George VI overcoming a debilitating speech impediment.


Directed By Tom Hooper.


Starring Colin FirthGeoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, and Michael Gambon.


A beautiful, insightful and poignant story about overcoming stuttering and the lifelong friendship that developed between the speech therapist Lionel Logue played by Rush and King George VI played by Firth. The historical film works for me, because Hooper wisely chose to focus on the close relationship and bond that develops between the characters that Colin and Geoffrey play. Of note is the short but brilliant work of Guy Pearce who steals every moment of the scenes he is in. Also Helena does a wonderful job of bringing humanity to her scenes with both Firth and Rush. Geoffrey also shows in his characters movement and body language that he has a well developed and trained instrument.

In the scene below I found the colorful walls a visual treat that convey the utter confusion and chaos taking place in Colin's character vocal cords. Interesting how Tom uses a wide lens in close-ups and long shots. I like how Hooper placed Firth at the end of the long sofa to get support from its arm. Note the eye movements in Geoffrey when he speaks to Colin. I think it would of been interesting considering Geoffrey's physical and vocal training to have had him play King George VI and Colin play Lionel Logue. I'm not taking anything away from either actors brilliant work in their respect roles. The scene below historically took place in 1926. Many years before King George VI famous speech that I have placed below the film trailer.


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Trivia - In the film an Australian (Guy Pearce) plays a Brit, a Briton (Eve Best) plays an American, and an American (Jennifer Ehle) plays an Australian.



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If you listen closes you can hear King George VI controlling his stuttering by pausing, breathing slightly and pacing himself. As an actor I would have been all over this recording for insight and inspiration in developing King George VI. Colin does a great job in his speech at end of film.




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