In our everyday struggles as we stammer along in life, we encounter from the day we are born,reflections, struggles, decisions, in regards to ourselves, our family and close friends we come into contact with and lastly society. We all have our own unique abilities in relation to strengths, weaknesses, anxieties, confidence, and what we can and are willing to do to overcome adversity. We all seek praise and recognition in our journey through life. Tom Hooper's historical film adaptation, The King's Speech exemplifies these traits we all have in common as entities of the human race. Examples of these key conflicts, self, family and society are beautifully illustrated by the three main characters, main protagonist, King George VI, played by Colin Firth, Queen Mother, played exquisitely by Helen Bonham Carter and Lionel Logue, played to perfection by Geoffrey Rush. I encourage you to take a moment in time from your day to walk in the shoes of King George and experience the immense pressures that he experiences in relation to a speech impediment that haunts him from early childhood, to his rise to the top of the English Aristocracy in the modern twentieth century.
Hooper’s historical production of King George the VI unexpected rise to the throne, who ruled from 1937 to 1952, is set in the late 1920's to late 1930's, on the cusp of World War Two with Nazi Germany as the back drop. Most of the dialogue and action sequences take place on set, with the relationship between King George and Bertie ( Lionel Logue ), a speech therapist from Australia and his agonizing but eloquent treatment of the future king's speech impediment
that he has endured since a child taking center stage. Hooper's screenplay is based on the book, King’s Speech: How One Man Saved The British Monarchy, written by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. Below are some quotes from this book that give some insight on the torment that Bertie would endure. This passage tells of an encounter with a superior officer as a young naval cadet. “One, Lieutenant F. J. Lambert, described the Prince as a ‘small’ red-faced youth with a stutter’, and adding ‘when he reported his boat to me he gave a sort of stutter and an explosion. I had no idea who he was and very nearly cursed him for spluttering at me.’ Another, Sub Lieutenant Hamilton, wrote of his charge: ‘Johnson is very well full of young life and gladness, but I can’t get a word out of him”(55). The passage here details the early rituals that Bertie and his wife endured as he spoke to even the smallest of groups, “According to one contemporary account, whenever he rose from the table to respond to a toast, she would grip the edge of the table until her knuckles were white for fear he would stutter and be unable to get a word out. This further contributed to his nervousness which, in turn, led to outbursts of temper that only his wife was able to still” (60). Therefore, as you now have a brief summary of the movie in hand, let me give...