Thursday, October 28, 2010

The King's Speech

I'm a sucker for period movies, especially those with English accents and even more so, those staring Colin Firth.  So what happens when an English accent of character played by Firth in a period film is accompanied by a stammer?  That is the story of The King's Speech which opens November 26th.  Prince George, The Duke of York was second in line to the throne behind his brother so his stammer wouldn't really have been as big of a problem had his brother not abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.  (Madonna is making a film about that story.) After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne as King George VI. Because his stutter has called into question his ability to rule, he and Elizabeth I engage the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. "Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war." George VI and Elizabeth are the parents of reigning Queen Elizabeth II and it will be interesting to see her childhood during the war.  There are already rumors that this film will earn Colin Firth an Oscar just as The Queen earned Helen Mirren her statue.  I think it's safe to say that The Academy is also a sucker for an English accent.

6 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Can't wait for this movie -but even more so -I can't wait for Madonna's movie about Wallis and Edward (I can't believe i'd ever say those words, waiting for a movie by madonna!).

Jane K. Schott said...

I am right in line with you on this period piece. He is so wonderful.
I am also excited about Madonna's pic too!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I can't wait for this and Madonna's movie too. British period films are my favorite!

Alice Olive said...

I'm looking forward to both movies, too. Colin Firth is very easy to watch. He broke my heart a bit in A Single Man.

kimberj said...

I love Colin Firth and can't wait for this one to come out. I'm also a sucker for beautifully done historical films!

Germain said...

This movie is so special because it transcends the usual novel in movie form of the typical "period piece". The story centers, not on the politics of the monarchy but on the personal struggle of King George to overcome his life long affliction - he was a severe stutterer. We come to see this heir to the throne, his royal highness, this very afraid man, as one of us - that his (and our) cure is not in the illusion of regal bearing but in the nobility of facing our ordinary fear(s). That healing comes from the hope, strength and experience that others can give us. That his (and our) true voice, the unhesitant, angry and profane scream of who we really are (not what we are expected to be) is our truly regal voice, a voice that cannot be found from on high. Everyman would be King but for his afflictions.

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