Friday, 21 January 2011

The King’s Speech.

 I finally managed to get to see this wonderful period film based on the true story of George VI’s battles to overcome a stammer that hampered his confidence and ability to communicate with the public.

With skillful ease it heads into tearjerker territory– showing that bravery can come in many forms.
We all know that King George VI never expected or wanted to be King, the abdication of his playboy brother Edward VII threw him and his Queen Elizabeth head long into a life with responsibilities that neither of them wanted but which both of them accepted and dutifully and unquestionably executed.

Standing behind him every step of the way his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter, in a wonderfully affectionate performance) enlists the help of eccentric speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush, magnificently colorful and comical) to help the King her beloved husband.

This film is with out a doubt bursting with amazing and astonishing period correct costumes and is a cornucopia of atmosphere of the period and gives us a glimps of what  life was like behind the doors of the royal homes, however what I came away with was a lasting inpression of just how deeply, geniuning and  touching the loyality and friendship that devliped between Bertie and Lionel.


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