Written by David Seidler and directed by Tom Hooper, this 2010 British, Biography-drama was a combination of royalty and commoner and was etched in the minds of all those who watched it. What made it so different? And what made it so memorable? Could it be the royal décor and garments? The under-dog Geoffrey Rush who played Lionel Logue expertly? Or simply the proficient stammering performance of Colin Firth who played King George VI? These among many others are why I’m sure this film was a triumphant!
Helena Bonham Carter, who usually plays dark and odd characters did an effortless job it seemed at portraying a caring and patient Queen Elizabeth. Queen Mary played by Claire Bloom (who had the pleasure of working alongside the infamous Charlie Chaplin when she was 19); gave for me a magnificent true-to-life cold depiction of what King George’s mother may have been like. The audience fell in love with both families and cheered on as he made his final and official speech at the end of the movie. There surely aren’t any books on ‘how to stutter’; but for some magical reason Firth was able to embody and bring to life what those living with this dilemma must feel like.
Plenty of laughs and a lesson in history; I find it suitable for the young and the old. J Beautiful cinematography; close-shots; and marvelous story; leaves it’s viewers in love with the talent of Colin Firth and the charismatic man whom helped the king of Great Britain in the 1930’s. J