I went to see The King’s Speech today. I hadn’t really seen any commercials for it on television, so I was a little skeptical at first. Boy was I wrong!
It is the story of King George VI, who was king during WWII. He had a horrible stutter. Played by Colin Firth, who in my opinion should get Best Actor for this, George VI struggles against his own speech impediment that is impaired by his family–including his older brother David. Both David and his father, King George V, stressed the importance of his overcoming the speech impediment. However, it appeared to be rooted within his own psyche.
This stellar cast, consisting not only of Colin Firth, but also Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, makes the movie. Their supreme acting makes this true story come back to life on the big screen.
Carter plays George VI’s wife, who displays great receptivity to her spouse, and knows exactly what he needs. She never gives up on him, and she is the one who finds Rush’s character, Lionel Logue, the speech therapist. Logue and George VI struggle at times, but their relationship in the end becomes a strong foundation for George VI to eventually overcome his difficulties and make his great speech. A King’s Speech.
This movie makes history fun and exciting, and it is a wonder to me why these sorts of heartfelt inspiring stories are not what is taught and emphasized in history class. Surely things like overcoming your fears, bravery, and perseverance are qualities that we want all of our children to possess. I know I might have liked history more if I had heard stories like this. 🙂