By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
In a movie based on real people and events, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s been changed to fit the narrative.
But “The King’s Speech” seems to open the palace gates to show us the lives of royalty. There are grand palaces, fancy clothes and fancier meals, but we also see real problems.
Prince Albert (Colin Firth) has a severe stammer. His father, King George V, (Michael Gambon) tries to bully the problem away. His brother (Guy Pearce) refers to him as “B-B-B-Bertie.”
When the movie opens, the king orders his son to deliver a live radio address. I felt the prince’s frustration, as well as the discomfort of the commoners on screen who were listening to the stuttering royal.
The prince has an indispensable ally in his wife, Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter). She’s the one who puts him together with Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a speech therapist with unusual, though effective, techniques.
While working together, Logue and Bertie form a friendship that gets sorely tested when it looks like Bertie might replace his brother as King of England.
It’s fascinating to watch their therapy sessions, and to see the concessions of dignity Bertie must make to overcome his impediment.
At one point, Bertie unleashes a stunning string of profane words that would make a sailor proud. It’s a hilarious scene, and the prince learns that anger can overcome his stammer.
“The King’s Speech” is a fish-out-of-water tale for Lionel, too. He’s a self-confident Australian who has the nerve to call the prince by his family nickname, but he also has to navigate palace politics in order to help his friend.
“The King’s Speech” has an intimate feel, and I developed affection for all three of the principal characters, Lionel, Bertie and Elizabeth.
I give “The King’s Speech” an A.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “The Kind’s Speech” an A.
“Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.”