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24
Jan

The King’s Speech.

I’m just back from seeing The King’s Speech at the cinema. It’s a brilliant, funny, engaging, hugely enjoyable period-drama, well deserving of its wide plaudits and acclaim. Based on a true story, it follows the relationship between the stammering, stuttering Duke of York then King George VI (Colin Firth) and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Both Firth and Rush are superb (as is Helen Bonham Carter in her role as the spirited Duchess of York then King’s wife, the future Queen Mother).

The film essentially follows two parallel plots – Logue’s attempts to help the Duke deal with his chronic speech impediment, and the developments of the constitutional crisis that was King Edward VIII’s relationship with Wallis Simpson and ultimate abdication. Both are gripping, with the former becoming increasingly crucial as the latter results in the Duke unexpectedly becoming King. The film’s denouement comes at the point at which he has to give a nine-minute radio address to the country at the start of the Second World War.

It’s always hard to do a great film justice in a couple of hundred words. I’ve certainly come nowhere close. Let me put it this way, instead: if you haven’t seen it already, get yourself to a cinema.