Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Movie Moment- The King's Speech (2010)

This exceptional movie is about the relationship between King George the 6th aka Bertie (Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue, his speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush). Due to circumstances beyond his control, Bertie finds himself headed for the throne. Between his profound insecurities, stammer and the new implementation of radio broadcast speeches, the prospective role of being king is debilitating. His tenaciously loving and supporting wife (played amazingly by Helena Bonham Carter) seeks out speech therapist after speech therapist to no avail.

Enter Lionel Logue.

With his strange therapeutic approach, including calling the king Bertie for the sake of equality and requiring that their sessions take place in his office (ie his turf and terms), Logue coaxes confidence, anger and ultimately self assurance out of the king.

The depiction of the king's stammer is so well done that it is at times painful to watch. Conversely, it is rewarding to watch their relationship as it develops. The friendship has some genuine growing pains as does each man individually in their own self process.

This movie is easily a 10 out of 10. I laughed, I cried, I cheered and I can't wait to see it again.

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