Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday Finds: The King's Speech

Photo via IMDb

I was pretty blown away by how good The King's Speech (2010, R for language) is. I hadn't watched it in years, and had forgotten how wonderful a film it is; also, I have a new appreciation for it, having seen more Royal-centric fare, like The Crown, The Queen, and Victoria.
There is a lot to enjoy in the film--all the performances are excellent, as are the set and costume design, as well as the script. It feels almost intimate, like we're right there with the characters during this pivotal time in their lives. In case you aren't familiar with it, The King's Speech is, according to IMDb, "The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer." 
But the film is so much more complex and layered than any simple description can give. Firth deservedly won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the film, and it won Best Picture in 2010. The stellar cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Gambon (Dumbledore!), Guy Pearce, Anthony Andrews, Timothy Spall, and, two favorites from the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice (also starring Firth), Jennifer Ehle (Lizzie) and David Bamber (Mr. Collins). When Firth and Ehle shared a brief scene, I felt a pop of joy at seeing them together again. And, it's a line delivered by Ehle's character, Mrs. Logue, that's my favorite of the film: "Perhaps he doesn't want to be great."
For more about King George VI you can click on his name to go to Wikipedia. I love media that inspires me to research--what about you?

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