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Movie Critique For The King’s Speech

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Lanita StokesMr. BhattacharyaInterpersonal Communication 125October 20, 2011Movie Critique for The King's SpeechI watched The King's Speech for my movie critique at home. This film tells the story of Prince Albert, the Duke of York, and how he overcame a life-long speech impediment with the help of Lionel Logue, a speech therapist from Australia.The movie begins with Prince Albert (Colin Firth) attempting to deliver a speech written by his father at the closing ceremony of the Empire Exhibition. We find out that the king has already spoken, as well as Prince Albert's older brother, the Prince of Wales, and now the Duke of York must speak. As he begins the speech, it becomes clear that he has a debilitating stutter.The scene following shows what I assume is one of many failed treatments by a specialist to cure him of his speech problem. The Duke becomes frustrated during the treatment and asks his wife, Elizabeth, the Duchess of York (Helena Bonham Carter), to promise that he won't have to see any more doctors. This leads the Duchess of York to secretly visit an unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Mr. Logue explains to the Duchess that although he is willing to help the Duke, he will only assist on his terms and they must come to him and follow his rules. The Duchess agrees, and sets an appointment.Prince Albert meets with Mr. Logue, but has little hope that the therapist can help, and after becoming upset at Logue's overfamiliarity and unconventional methods, he storms out. The movie then takes us to a scene involving Prince Albert and his father and we're told why it is so important for Prince Albert to be able to speak properly. His older brother Edward (Guy Pearce) has begun neglecting his royal duties in order to pursue a twice divorced woman, and Prince Albert must pick up the slack. One source of his speech problem is revealed as his father berates him to speak clearly, and Prince Albert is plainly upset by this.After listening to a recording of himself from his initial visit with Logue that shows he has the ability to speak well when he cannot hear himself, Prince Albert returns to Logue for treatment. There is a montage of Prince Albert and Lionel Logue going through vocal training and we see Prince Albert slowly starting to improve and gain confidence.King George V (Michael Gambon) dies shortly after Prince Albert has commenced treatment, and Albert's brother is placed on the throne as King Edward VIII. The new king is intent on continuing his relationship with the American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Eve Best), against the wishes of the government. When forced to choose between Mrs. Simpson and retaining his position on the throne, King Edward chooses to abdicate, which elevates Prince Albert to the position of king. The new king realizes he needs the assistance of Lionel Logue now more than ever.In September of 1939, England declares that they are entering war with Nazi Germany,...

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