Commentary On The Film: "The King´S Speech"

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As a young boy David Seidler developed a stammer, which he thought was cause by devastating emotional trauma that he faced during the Second World War. King George VI’s success in overcoming his stammer enthused the young and spritley Seidler to shape it into a film, "Here was a stutterer who was a king and had to give radio speeches where everyone was listening to every syllable he uttered, and yet did so with passion and intensity." As Seidler aged he committed himself to writing about King George VI & not many years released his most successful film “The King’s Speech”.

The King’s Speech is a historical drama, directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. The film is centered on the abdication crisis in England during the year 1936. It is an exceedingly thought-provoking portrayal of the unlikeliest of friendships between King George VI (Colin Firth) and his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), one a stammering introverted monarch and the other a loud, gregarious commoner.

The film largely unfolds during The Great Depression thus leaving the Britain at its lowest point and needing the King to be a shining example of a strong Britain. The film ends 1939 when Britain declares war on Nazi Germany. These international calamities have no urgent matter to stammering Albert Fredrick Arthur George (Mr. Firth) as he is whole-heartedly looking at conquering his confidence-shattering stammer. His wife Elizabeth played by Helena Bonham Carter aided him and believed in him when all odds weren’t in his favor making her a critical ingredient in this masterpiece of a film.

Firth’s expression is one of sorrow in the opening scene as he stands before a stadium packed with thousands of people expecting their King to guide them in a time of sadness & sorrow. It was the King’s first experience of talking to a vast crowd and the first time the public witnessed the seriousness of Bertie’s condition and this left him looking weak and vulnerable in front of the whole nation. His stammer means that he...

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