Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Award Winning Stammer




1. Title : The King's Speech
2. Release date : 7 January 2011 (United Kingdom), 17 February 2011 (Malaysia)
3. Director : Tom Hooper
4. Starring :
Colin Firth
Geoffrey Rush
Helena Bonham Carter
Guy Pearce
Timothy Spall
Derek Jacobi
Jennifer Ehle
Michael Gambon
5. Language : English
6. Genre : History / Drama
7. Official website : The King's Speech

The movie that needs no introduction, The King's Speech, is a riveting story about King George VI, played by Colin Firth, who has the problem of stammering. Being needed to lead the country in time of war, he sought the service of a speech therapist, Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, to cure his stammer.

So what is so good about a drama which features a king who stammers? Alot, apparently.

HOPE
We can see throughout the movie how the problem of stammering restrict King George VI ability to speak publicly. He had the problem since he was a child and continued throughout his adulthood. At the time of war, he was supposed to give speeches through national radio so that the people would get some encouragement to get through the war. His voice was the hope for the people but how can he give hope to the people when he himself is not confident enough? This is where Lionel Logue comes into play. He was the one who gave the King the voice, the hope that is needed. If I were an Englishman, I would be so patriotic that I would wear red and white all over my body. But I'm not yet it gives me the feeling of patriotism. Hope that was never there being instilled by the King's speech.

ROCK
Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon is the character who should be mentioned here. She was the solid rock foundation that helped King George VI in getting through the ordeal of stammering. Being a wife surely is not an easy task, considering that your husband is a King. But the Queen, played by Helena Bonham Carter, managed to be through thick and thin in supporting her husband and helping him through the time when he needs her the most. The support given by the Queen is undeniably important at times like that. I was quite surprised seeing Helena Bonham Carter as a loving character as I am more used to her wacky performances. Seeing something new is a breath of fresh air.

Frankly, this movie is a bit predictable but the aesthetic part of the movie can not be neglected. It has the air of typical European movies with the cinematic view and endless dialogues. But the good thing is, even with the dialogues, this is not a boring movie at all. You can indulge into their conversation that time is not something you will be thinking about when you watch this movie. Somehow, it deserves the Academy awards after all.

Rating: 8/10

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