The King’s Speech (2010)

The King’s Speech… There are a lot of feelings, thoughts and angles through which one may see this film. One might say that since there are so many people in misery, we may be spared watching the … misery of a King! But, leaving that aside (which is of course a very strong argument), and seeing just what the film presents, there is a beauty in many levels.

There is an innovative beginning with the view of a microphone taken from different angles, the walk of the King and his speech therapist along that misty road that seemed to have no ending, the view of the therapist’s family, with all sitting in the same room listening to the radio resembling to a renaissance painting. For some reason, these scenes are striking…

Then, there are the relationships between the people involved, mainly the King (Colin Firth) and the speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). They are both exquisite in their performances, surrounded by an excellent cast.

There is a heavy, well justified, flavor of psychology running through the whole play, explaining the reasons of the King’s stammer. After all, a king is only human…

Finally, there is music, always eternal, Beethoven’s 7th symphony making a moving finale as the King finally manages to deliver his speech.

It is a film worth seeing, just for the two hours it makes you forget everything else, regardless of the fact that it bares no resemblance to anything happening around us these days. Tom Hooper seems promising.

My rating: 08/10