The King's Speach Movie
Tells the story of the man who became King George VI (Colin Firth), the father of Queen Elizabeth II (Helena Bonham Carter). After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages 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.
Download The King's Speech (2011) movie. Oscar 2011 winner. Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush.
Another week, another Best Picture nominee. And with the Oscars less than a day away, I thought it only fitting to review the film firming as the favourite to knock off David Fincher and The Social Network. That film is The King's Speech, a risky effort by director Tom Hooper with a story that is unique to say the very least. Comprising of an impressive cast including actor's actor Colin Firth, one of my favourites in Helena Bonham Carter and Australia's favourite son, Geoffrey Rush, it more than lives up to its reputation as the film to beat.
Firth is Albert, Duke of York, a man unexpectedly thrust into power as King George VI with his family, and entire country, in disarray. To make matters worse, he suffers from a terrible stammer, which does not bode well for a man required to do his fair share of public speaking on the job. So his wife Elizabeth (the future Queen Mother) enlists the help of eccentric Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue to succeed where all others have failed. Lionel and the King proceed to form an unlikely friendship in a grand, royal film of the most intimate degree.
By this stage, Firth has become almost a shoo-in for Best Actor, and for good reason. But perhaps just as important as his performance is the way he is characterised in the film's earliest scenes. Here we have an inherently unpleasant man, whose frustration with being unable to deal with his stammer results in a short temper and bad attitude. It was crucial, then, for Hooper and writer David Seidler to evoke the viewer's sympathy nice and early to ensure we maintain interest in the story and its characters. That is exactly what is achieved in the opening scene as the Duke, utterly petrified, tries his best to deliver a speech in public but manages only a few words before the crowd gives up on him.
I think it was also wise to inject the film with other infrequent sub-plots, while still keeping Bertie and Lionel's burgeoning friendship at the core. The King's Speech movie deals with, among other things, the death of King George V, the rise to power of his reckless son Edward VIII, and Hitler's initiation of World War Two. Some may have found it easy to be cynical about a British wartime film that deals with nothing but two peoples' friendship, but Hooper denies them this right. Historically accurate or not, these minor plot points keep the film fresh and gracefully compliment the main story.
A key element of the film's impressive depth in storytelling is just how difficult Bertie finds it to overcome his impediment. Where other films might overcome the problem as soon as a breakthrough is made, in The King's Speech the subject constantly regresses, taking him and Lionel back to 'square one', as it were, and suggesting the issue is more complex than first thought. Not only does this compound audience sympathy, but it makes the conclusion more intense and, ultimately, more satisfying.
This is an extremely mature piece of filmmaking, and while I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it to anyone my age, it would come with the disclaimer of 'know what to expect'. And while it isn't my favourite film up for Best Picture this year, I would not complain if it walked away with the top prize in, oh, ten hours from now.
On one level, download The King's Speech online hits a home run in its moving depiction of how speech therapist Lionel Logue corrects the stammering speech of an arrogant Duke of York and transforms him into now confident monarch (and well-rounded good guy), King George VI. On a much different level, The Kings Speech dvdrip has a harder time in accurately depicting the true historical circumstances of the king's transformation and the complexity of the political machinations surrounding his ascent to the throne.
The creators of the film admittedly took liberties as to the accuracy of the time it took Logue to correct Albert's (The Duke of York, aka 'Bertie's') speech. The film informs that Albert met Logue in 1934, when they actually met earlier in 1926. And within seven months, in 1927, under Logue's tutelage, Albert already showed marked improvement in a speech given to the Australian parliament in Canberra. The film, of course, would like us to believe that it wasn't until 1939, when the WW II had just broken out, that the King finally found his mettle. But it's also possible that the King had improved but then regressed at a certain point, requiring additional instruction on Logue's part. I recently heard Colin Firth remark that he listened to a public speech given by King George as late as 1938, and it was not at all impressive (actually downright embarrassing!).
Fiddling with the time line as to how long it took Logue to truly shape the King's speech online, is not such a big deal in comparison to the film's distortion of history regarding the political sympathies surrounding the Abdication and the Royal family's attitude toward Hitler. The film hardly calls attention to the fact that Albert's brother, King Edward VIII (later known as the Duke of Windsor following his abdication), was a great admirer of the Nazis (even after the war broke out). What's more, Churchill (played by a completely miscast Timothy Spall), despite having arranged a coalition against the Nazis, inexplicably supported King Edward during the Abdication crisis. Not only wasn't King George a friend of Churchill during the time of the Abdication (for the obvious reason of Churchill's support of his brother) but soon afterward sided with Churchill's political opponent, Neville Chamberlain, who advocated a policy of appeasement toward Hitler. Watch The King's Speech online would like us to believe that King George was always against the Nazis, but such an attitude did not emerge, until the war broke out.
Despite the historical inaccuracies, The King's Speech movie download pulls us in through the story of a unique and engaging relationship between student and teacher. The opening scene, where Albert must speak publicly for the first time at Wembley Stadium in 1925, establishes the extent of his malady—a stuttering problem that proves to be the source of profound embarrassment for both the Royal Family themselves and the public at large.
When the Duke of York meets his therapist, Lionel Logue, the contrast between the two could not be more profound. While Logue exudes a child-like spontaneity, 'Bertie' is uptight and arrogant (Logue's grandson maintains that his grandfather never swore in front of the King nor did he call him 'Bertie'). As their relationship develops, Logue tries to get Albert to see the connection between his stuttering and repressed upbringing. Albert opens up enough to reveal how he had to cope with his strict father and had to endure the family's insistence that he suppress his natural left-handedness and correct a knock-knee condition through the use of painful splints.
It's the Abdication and its consequences that causes the 'dark moment' of the Second Act of the narrative. After David (King Edward) accuses Albert of trying to take over the throne by attempting to make himself more competent (via the speech lessons), Albert becomes completely tongue-tied and is unable to reply to his brother's humiliating taunts, which he endured so many times during his childhood. Then when Logue suggests that Albert can be king, the Duke of York ironically takes his brother's side by accusing Logue of offering up a suggestion that could be construed as being treasonous. The Duke belittles Logue for his failed acting career as well as his lower middle class upbringing.
Facing the prospect of making the most important speech of his life, the King eventually realizes that he needs Logue's help and seeks him out again. When the King apologizes, we realize that the king has had an epiphany. The act of 'eating humble pie' brings the King back down to earth; he now finally realizes that he's no better than his subjects despite his royal standing and can now relate to Logue as an equal and not a superior. And Logue must eat a little 'humble pie' of his own when the King reproaches him for likening 'The Stone of Scone' to an outdated relic. Logue comes to respect the institution of the Monarchy as it is now ably represented by King George, who exudes a new found confidence in his position as regent.
Geoffrey Rush steals the show in his wonderful depiction of the empathetic and iconoclastic speech therapist. Although he bears no resemblance to the real King George, Colin Firth does an excellent job in conveying the King's inner turmoil, as he vacillates between arrogance and self-knowledge. I wonder if the film's producers might have considered Guy Pearce for the part of the King himself as Pearce bears a striking resemblance to both the Duke of Windsor and King George VI. I actually wanted to see more of him in the film. Helena Bonham Carter doesn't have much to do as the King's wife and I can't understand why she was nominated for best supporting actress.
Download The King's Speech movie online ironically is a tale about the oppressed becoming the oppressor. King George was oppressed as a child but became an 'oppressor', as an arrogant and distant monarch. Thanks to a warm and kindly mentor, the King 'turned out alright'.