The King’s Speech – DVD Review

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The King's Speech

What is the most nerve-racking thing that you’ve ever had to do?  Perhaps it was asking somebody out on your first date or accepting an award.

Whatever it might’ve been, you had the choice of whether you wanted to do it or not.  So take a minute and think back.  Imagine doing something very scary, and then add some type of handicap.  Do you think you would have the will to go ahead with it?  Could you see yourself standing up in the podium in front of 200,000 people?  Can you see yourself getting so nervous that you can’t manage to get out one word?  I would think that would be pretty embarrassing for anybody.  Never mind, somebody who’s a Duke or a King.

When we think about royalty, we don’t think about them putting their pants on one leg at a time, or do everyday things like take walk in the park. Personally, I am glad I can go do what I want when I want, and not bound by some unwritten royal protocol! Actor Colin Firth, who plays his Royal Highness “Bertie” does a wonderful job of this movie.  He makes it believable, yet not overdone.  Listening to him, stutter and stammer does not make me want to pause the movie permanently.

Trying to talk under any pressure is a struggle for the Duke and he can barely tell his daughters a story without issues.  After several attempts at trying to cure the Duke of his stutter, his wife Elizabeth, Duchess of York played by Helena Bonham Carter, seeks help from a commoner named Lionel Logue.

Now let’s step back for another minute.  Imagine opening the door, and having royalty standing there.  You’d be a little shocked.  Lionel manages to pull it together and ends up seeing the Duke to help him with his speech.  There are several humorous parts, like when the Duke and Duchess struggle with the elevator to make it operate.  You can see there are other things that they are not used to dealing with.

Lionel, played by Geoffrey Rush, finds out that the Duke has a bit of a temper, so he uses that to try and overcome his speech problems.  At one point in the film Lionel asks the Duke if he has ever swore.  The little outburst that follows made me laugh, because it was funny, but also made me empathize with the Duke.  It must’ve been very hard for Lionel to try and treat the Duke.  Some of his techniques resemble that of children’s games, and the Duke and Lionel can’t seem to see eye to eye.  Eventually, the Duke decides to go ahead and try Lionel’s quirky antics.

Soon the Duke becomes King George VI of Britain and the pressure is even greater on both of them.  While looking at going to war with Germany, this new king has to give a speech to the world.  There, standing right beside him is a good friend.

Over all, I thought this movie was well written, very well performed, and not overdone. Though I am glad I am not royalty, I have a little better insight into that lifestyle. Today, I will hug my friend and tell them how thankful I am to have them in my life.  As serious a subject as this film was, I laughed more often during this film, then I did watching Seinfeld. Sorry Jerry.