Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The King's Speech
The King's Speech is an historical drama directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. It tells the tale of Albert, brilliantly played by Colin Firth. As the second son of George V, Albert was not expected to inherit the throne, and he spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward, largely due to the fact that Albert had a terrible stutter. Though Edward ascended to the throne upon the death of King George V, later that year he revealed that he wanted to marry Wallis Simpson, a divorced American. Edward abdicated the throne in order to marry and Albert ascended the throne as the King George VI.
Needless to say, being an effective leader means the need for giving speeches, showing strength to the country, and feeling confident when you're communicating, all very difficult things for someone with a stutter. Albert seeks out Lionel Logue, a speech and language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. The movie shows the progression of their friendship as Logue teaches Albert various techniques to be able to overcome his stammer. Most entertaining is a scene in which Albert is working on a monologue and Logue convinces him to place in curse words when he feels like he's getting stuck.