She is also the authorized biographer of the great American pianist Leonard Pennario.
The setting is England in the s. There was little reason to be festive at the close of Before that fateful year, the English seemed adrift and without a leader who could guide them through the coming storm. David abdicated his title in order to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.
The two married and became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Albert never planned to be king. He was content to let his brother have the limelight, especially since Albert was handicapped by a stammer that rendered him incapable of communicating with his subjects.
The film is a sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always intelligent portrait of a man who struggles to overcome internal demons at a time when his country readies itself to fight external ones.
The two blend perfectly in what is the best movie of this year, and probably one of the best dramatizations ever made of an episode in history. Tom Hooper directs his movie in a concise and constrained way.
He has a delicate, even polite, touch. Time and budget constraints do have their upsides. King George Colin Firth has a terrible time speaking in public. He cannot read a speech without stuttering over almost every word, to the dismay of his audience, his family and himself. George has a good relationship with his daughters, the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.
The Royal Family have tried a number of them, but all were unable to stay the stammer. She finds an unorthodox tutor named Lionel Logue Geoffrey Rusha would-be actor whose day job is helping vocally handicapped people find their voice. Bertie is not amused.
It is difficult for the King to accept this unorthodox student teacher relationship at first, but the bond between the two grows, and a friendship develops.
They warm to each other over time, but they also clash, and those clashes have real teeth. A delicate balance is hard to achieve between the royal and the commoner.
The relationship is more often indelicate, but it has all the ups and downs that real friends, ones who know and understand each other, go through all the time.
Strengths and weaknesses get gauged; boundaries get set and get stepped over; hurt and resentment are expressed openly, while devotion and gratitude are more often held back.
Whereas George is a reluctant monarch, who is not just wary of the spotlight, but lives in abject fear of it, Lionel craves the attention and applause that he has always found elusive.
In straining for recognition, he sometimes overreaches and offends his often touchy and temperamental student. He gets a bit too familiar at times, as when he tells Bertie that he might make a better king than his brother, the rightful heir to the throne.
You would think that a series of speech exercises and verbal drills would sink a movie in short order. There are a lot of them, and they are silly, but not silly enough to keep you from getting a good laugh out of every one.For Rush, who won an Oscar for Shine in , the acclaim that has greeted The King’s Speech is a further step towards being taken seriously as an Australian actor.
‘In the Eighties, a man. It looks like you've lost connection to our server. Please check your internet connection or reload this page. The King's Speech A stirring, handsomely mounted tale of unlikely friendship starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.
For those of you who appreciate period films, The King's Speech is the best of the year and the film lands comfortably in this critic's Top 10 of , a film that is simultaneously proficient technically, historically accurate.
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Topics: Roger Ebert, Prince Albert, from the movie “The King’s Speech”, has a speech impediment, making speeches and oral communication rather difficult. The movie tells his story of becoming king and conquering his stammer.
Mr. Discussion questions for The King’s Speech. January 3, · by Greg Grooms · in Film. 1) What are your first impressions of the film? First impressions aren’t considered conclusions; they’re what you’re left thinking of in the moments after the film ends.