Lionel Logue is to Ernie as George VI is to Bert: The King’s Speech Review

So I tried not writing about it since it’s not exactly in my self-given genre of focus, but the movie just spoke to me so much that I can’t help but give my two cents on it.

Since the dawn of time, it’s seemed like whenever a movie has been made taking place in a particular time period in history it’s always either focused on a particular war or tweaked to serve as a sort of teen movie from the past. And while I won’t say that movies like Platoon and American Graffiti have their merits, they were never movies I could watch again.

Enter The King’s Speech: a movie set in the 1930s about British King George VI. What about King George VI? Surely it’s not about some done to death themes on war mixed in with slice of life moments from that era, is it? Well, thankfully it wasn’t. As is becoming the new norm for more and more movies and the like, writers are beginning to take well known characters in our world, whether they be real-life kings or fictional superheroes and seeing them as your Normal-Joe type of character—time spent talking about the political world is given the back seat to the more heartwarming scenes simply involving the King as a husband, father, or good friend.

The movie focuses less on the political whatevers concerning the UK at the time and instead focuses more on King George’s (referred to throughout most of the movie as simply “Bertie”) problem stuttering. Such a condition is so commonplace and overlooked by many (seriously, who actually made an effort to have a long conversation with the stuttering kid in grade school?) but when applied to someone of such high status as a king, it makes for a unique form of entertainment.

Unsure who to turn to, Bertie’s wife (oddly enough played by none other than Helena Bonham Carter) finds a speech therapist in Lionel Logue. Logue is eccentric to say the least and plays off well alongside the straight-laced Bertie, as the two blend comical and serious dialogue together making for quite the interesting bromance. Yes, bromance. Setting the drama concerning the king’s lineage and everything else aside, The King’s Speech at its core is quite the interesting platonic tale of guy meets guy, even going through the standard plot points of king meeting speech therapist, king losing speech therapist, and king getting the speech therapist back. While it’s an odd direction to take things, it’s also an interesting one at that, taking things to an even more appealing level than the simple speech therapy montage that hooked me in the trailer.

I’m not that big on historical movies, but The King’s Speech does such an efficient job of weaving it alongside a quirky bromance that I can’t help but recommend it.

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