Hey everyone, this is Tk. I am friend of Renu’s and I (too) like watching movies and juicing them afterwards, so I definitely belong to this gang. Its just that I am not consistent in writing as such and have seen many blogs started enthusiastically turning JAIJ. (Just Another Internet Junk) I hope this post is not. Thanks Re-Vi-You for letting me do this.
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: David Seidler (screenplay)
I was bit pre-excited about the movie. Not because the whole situation of King having a stammering problem and a non royal speech therapist helping him out, but because of the whole thing being a true story. I wanted to see how real life-like the dramatization can get. And I think they nailed it. Story is mainly about three characters, George (a.k.a. Bertie) the king, Elizabeth the queen (mother of current Queen Elizabeth II) and Lionel the speech therapist.
As I said its a true story, King George VI was last emperor of India till 22 June 1948. He was second son of King George V. So obviously first son David was king for a while. David left “Kinging” for marrying a twice divorced girlfriend from U.S., Wallis Simpson. This couple apparently had also visited Hitler just before the war. And they were friends for a while till the start of second world war. Anyways thats sidetrack and not covered in this flick.
Now since the main story in itself is really small, so lots of work had to be done in character development of all the three main Characters and their relation to each other. So that changes occurring in them and their relations, especially King-Therapist friendship can be noticed.
Colin Firth stammered pretty convincingly, I think stammering must have been the easy part for him to act. It was that natural. What must have been difficult is to show the sudden change in confidence/stammer depending on which character he was talking to. It was done very nicely. I think he very well deserves Oscar this time.
Queen Elizabeth was shown more as wife to King than being Queen as such. So it was not just looking good and Royal but being nice supportive wife who cares to do everything that she can do, to get her husband to speak without stammering.
Geoffrey Rush was good as usual, for some reason in this movie, I find him much similar in facial expressions as Indian actor Om Puri. His role mainly as therapist was also supplemented by other aspects of Lionel’s life, as father and as amateur actor in plays. Simple and straightforward man who became speech therapist by self training during first world. Real Lionel was known for his Super-human sympathy. And there are scenes where King talks to him as Bertie, having friendly chat. Which was unexpectedly surprising and nice.
The only actor I didn’t like was one playing Churchill. It appeared as if he was doing same Peter Pettigrew stuff from Harry Potter movie. May be I am wrong I don’t know. Anyways it didn’t affect much.
One small thing to note, final speech which Colin gives as King George VI is slightly different in terms of its way of speaking. You Can listen to the real speech here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAhFW_auT20). I wasn’t aware of this till I heard Colin’s interview on NPR.
So thats about it, I give about 4 stars to this movie. Nice job guys. I liked this movie, but little slow at times like any other historic movie. Let us know what you think about this movie. Take care.
Watch the movie trailer here.