Sunday, 23 January 2011
The King's Speech
It's a subtle film, marvellously acted, that also explores the impact of live wireless broadcasts on the public role of the royal family, the abdication of Edward (Guy Pearce) in favour of Mrs Wallace Simpson, and the lead-up to World War II. The scene where Bertie as the King has to deliver the 'we are now at war' speech over the wireless, coached and supported by Lionel using all sorts of devices, is a very moving climax.
The poignancy of Bertie's plight is so beautifully portrayed as he strives to meet the expectation of all around him, while combating such a human frailty as a stammer. Everyone is talking about this film and there's a good reason why. I hope Colin Firth gets an Oscar to add to this week's Golden Globe.