Writer: David Seidler (Screenplay)
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon
Plot: Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. 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.
Verdict: Brilliant Drama
Story: With many people around the world suffering from speech impediments this shows how someone who was such public figure had to overcome his to lead a nation into war. In fairness it isn’t solely about this, we see how the royal family was struggling to cope with a scandal with an heir to the throne and how the family treats Bertie differently because of his problems. We also see that being in a role of power can alienate people leading to a friendship growing between both Bertie and Lionel. In conclusion this is a brilliant story of how one man faced his biggest weakness and conquered it to become a leader. (10/10)
Colin Firth: King George VI at the start he is second in line to the throne, with the new invention of radio requires public speaking and skill he doesn’t have due to a speak impediment. He has tried all sorts of treatments, but all have failed. He tries one more person Lionel Logue who pushes him in direction he would never have been pushed. He takes up the advice and comes along leaps and bounds under him all while dealing with family issues before taking his seat as the King of England, leader of the nation. Brilliant performance from Colin, which won him an Oscar. (10/10)
Geoffrey Rush: Lionel Logue the unconventional speech therapist who gets selected to try and help King George overcome this problem with the methods no one has been brave enough to try on him. Lionel pushed George to limits he wasn’t used to and gets results. He also builds a friendship which he never knew he could achieve. Brilliant performance from Geoffrey who also got a Oscar nomination for this role. (10/10)
Helen Bonham Carter: Queen Elizabeth George’s wife who is trying to help him find the right person to help cure his problem. She is loyal and always stands by his side and always encourages him even when other people put him down. Great performance as the supporting wife. (9/10)
Guy Pearce: King Edward VIII old brother to Bertie who was next in line to be king but due to his choice in wife he has to give up his chance pushing Bertie into a role he never thought he would get. He also intimidates his young brother because of his confidence. Good supporting performance playing the role well. (8/10)
Director Review: Tom Hooper – Great direction telling the incredible story of George’s courage. (10/10)
Biography: Brilliant to show how one man’s struggle will become his greatest strength. (10/10)
Drama: Brilliant drama that flows at a perfect pace. (10/10)
Settings: Each setting is perfectly re-created authentic settings for the time period. (10/10)
Suggestion: This is a must watch, but what Oscar winning best picture film is not? (Watch)
Best Part: The final speech
Worst Part: The non-drama fans will find it slow.
Believability: Yes based on the true story.(10/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Awards: Won 107 awards across all ceremonies as well as a further 131 nominations.
Oscar Chances: Won 4 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best original Screenplay. Was also nominated for a further 8 Oscars
Box Office: $414 Million
Budget: $15 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
Tagline: When God couldn’t save The King, The Queen turned to someone who could.
Overall: Brilliant Drama About Overcoming One’s Problems.