If you are unknown to the basic plot of the movie, it follows The Duke of York, George VI, or by his birth name known as Albert Frederick Arthur George, on his journey to his impromptu rise to the throne of King due to his father’s death and brother, David’s (Guy Pearce) abdication; who I may say gives both a harsh but strong portrayal. However there is the slight problem of George (or Bertie as his family call him) having a stammer. This is where Geoffrey Rush who plays Lionel Logue, George’s unorthodox speech therapist; found by his supportive wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter). They begin on this rather strange relationship leading to Lionel calling George Bertie and making sure that he is worthy enough and accomplish the king’s speech to the country leading them into the War.
Colin Firth’s portrayal of a man enduring from an insufferable stammer, who thinks he is unworthy of the throne, is absolutely superb! He gives both a warm and sympathetic as well as a powerful performance as the Duke of York. You seem him both be comfortable and struggle with his stammer even at home with his 2 little princesses, Elizabeth (Freya Wilson) and Margaret (the fantastic Ramona Marquez from the fabulously funny British sitcom, Outnumbered). Right from start to finish you feel for him deeply, his struggle and frustration entice you in massively. Ranging from antagonism to leadership and deep and heartfelt emotion, all whilst playing the role of a stammer sufferer; he is just an all round astounding actor!
And actually, nine weeks before filming, Logue's notebooks were fully discovered and quotations from them were incorporated into the script. When writing the script, Seidler discovered that his own uncle, also named David and also a stutterer, had been sent to see the speech therapist Lionel Logue by his father; giving this film even more meaning to the Seidler family.
All in all, if I have not expressed it enough, it is an all round brilliant British film in all its historical and humorous glory. Each bit from the cast to the cinematography (great work by Danny Cohen by the way on this part) right to the beautiful soundtrack by the excellent Alexandre Desplat. The beginning establishes the characters wonderfully and the ending is so inspiration and touching for both our nation and for the beloved King George VI.
Result: Proud to be part of the Great British history that is found behind this astounding film. 10 stars!