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16 March 2011 @ 12:45 pm
Movie: The King's Speech (2010)  
The King's Speech

Captain Barbossa and Mr. Darcy in the same movie?  Oh, you know this is gonna be good...

The King's Speech tells the story of King George VI, the prince who never anticipated the throne.  As a sickly child with a stutter, 'Bertie' was considered unfit to rule England, but when his brother abdicated to marry the woman he loved, George had no choice.  As a large part of his duty was to give speeches to the nation, George works with Lionel Logue, an unorthodox speech therapist, to conquer his stutter.  The task becomes all the more urgent as it becomes clear that the country is rapidly heading toward war once more.

I wonder what Queen Elizabeth II thought of this movie, focused as it is upon the life of her father.

Anyway, great film!  Normally, if I associate an actor with a particular role (as I do with all the leads in this film) it can be difficult for me to divorce them from that character.  (See first sentence re: pirates and Austen leads.)  But after only a few minutes, I had completely forgotten that Geoffrey Rush had ever been a pirate or a supervillain called Casanova Frankenstein; he was only a Shakespeare-loving speech therapist named Lionel.  Same with Colin Firth as King George VI.  Same with Dumbledore Michael Gambon, Bellatrix Mrs. Lovett Helene Bonham Carter, and the rest of the cast.  Everyone was just natural and perfect in their roles and it worked beautifully.