The story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpecte...more
The story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war. less
“It bagged the best Actor as well as the best Film Oscar this year. A cinematic treat. Must watch!”
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I ranted about it on Facebook, I abused it, it made my blood boil and now I finally saw it, with a clear head. The Kings Speech is about a guy who stammers. A story quite ordinary but here in this film it becomes a big issue because the guy happens to be King George the Sixth.
The film is about his struggle to overcome his stammer along with the help of his speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). It also takes a peep into his sudden ascension to the throne. The screenplay peels off the mask of the royal family and shows the human face of the king. The best scenes are the ones with Colin & Geoffrey. For me it was more of a story about friendship. Though Colin Firth had the meatier part Geoffrey Rush overpowers him at times. The camerawork helps in giving the film the visual breathing space it required otherwise it would have looked more like a play. The dialogues are crackling with some great humor.
Colin firth deserves the Oscar for his performance but my personal favorite would still be Javier Bardem. I felt and connected more with Uxbal's suffering than the Kings. But worthy of best picture, best screenplay & best director, it is definitely not. This film will go down the Shakespeare In love way. That film won the best film but, do we remember the film itself? Many years later we will remember the year 2010 for films like Inception, The Social Network and many better films than this one. This is David Seidler's debut film as solo writer and at the age of 73 he became the oldest writer to win an Oscar. Probably his karma defeated the other writers, otherwise how do you explain him winning over Nolan. It was also nice to see Helena Bonham Carter in a sane role. She is the Kangana Ranaut of Hollywood who otherwise plays only twisted characters.
Final few words: Oscar worthy? NO. A good watch? Definitely Yes! Kings Speech takes you back in time to show how fragile are the lives of people with power.
Rating - ***
Ticket meter Worth a visit to the theatre at any cost