According to experts, movies are made with varied intentions. Some to out and out entertain the audience, some to make them think, some to show the shear evolution of modern-day technology and some solely to unintentionally irritate the audience(have to mention Tees Maar Khan here). With all these motives crystal clear, film-makers most of the time forget to give a heart to the movie which keeps the audience unmoved, however great the starcast or the technology being used.Tom Hooper’s latest offering The King’s Speech is one of those rare movies that leaves you with a smile and profusion of positivity in the end solely because it has got its heart in the right place.
Set in the 1930’s The King’s Speech is about Prince Albert(brilliantly portrayed by Colin Firth) who has a stammering problem and as a result is unable to give public speeches amidst massive audiences which is usually the royal protocol.Tired of numerous unsuccessful treatments, the Prince gives up all his hopes of overcoming this ailment until the Dutches(Helena Bonham Carter) persuades him to see one last therapist named Lionel Logue(Geoffrey Rush). What follows next is a wonderful journey of friendship between The Prince and therapist which is the highlight of the movie. During the course of their sessions The Prince reveals some of the pressures of his childhood his strict father, the repression of his natural left-handedness, a painful treatment with metal splints for his knock-knees, and a nanny who favoured his elder brother, deliberately pinching Albert at the daily presentations to their parents. Its during these moments that your heart goes out to the Prince, who despite being from royal family has always lived a life of dejection and misery.
The King’s Speech works mainly because of its principle cast who bring out the best from their characters. Colin Firth as Prince Albert is simply amazing. His act of a self-conscious introvert desperate to overcome a crippling defect is something that remains with you for long. One scene takes Firth up and down the emotional ladder, doing every possible emotion from anger and rage to hysterical laughter. His acting puts you in the shoes of a man trapped in an inescapable cage.A well deserved and a sure shot Oscar is what I predict for this magnificent performance. Firth gets a lot of help from supporting stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Rush proves yet again that he is a great character actor who makes every movie he does better. He plays a man who knows he can cure the patient, yet must avoid ticking off the nation’s future king and the aristocracy that controls him. Rush’s delicate dance and dynamic dialogue delivery is nearly perfect.
All of the technical categories were superbly done as well. The 30’s setting is captured perfectly, along with the amazing shots of Westminster Abby, the score is incredible and Hooper’s direction is perfect. All in all a classic example of flawless cinema.
In the end I would just like to add that The King’s Speech is one of those movies which you rarely see on the celluloid. It’s a wonderful piece of art and above all a movie about hope, determination and positivity with a background of an unusual yet a heartfelt friendship. You just cannot miss this one.
Rating: **** (4 out of 5)