By God, we’re rendered speechless!
Rendered speechless, eh?
Yes. Yes. And Yes.
If only you schmucks see the movie, you’d understand how apposite and in sync with the movie the phrase ‘rendered speechless’ is.
Folks, it’s been a while since these ol’ Indian eyes enjoyed such a bloody good movie.
The King’s Speech is an Oscar worthy masterpiece.
With an offbeat story topped off by superlative acting, The King’s Speech is a powerful example to Bollywood filmmakers that a magnificent and entertaining movie need not be all about love or the hero beating five baddies to pulp a la Dabbang.
Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the movie is about the serious stammer afflicting the Duke of York, Prince Albert (later King George VI) and the unconventional techniques adopted by an Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.
Bad enough in a commoner, stammering in a Royal is, of course, devastating. Particularly, with the invention of the radio and the expectation of royal addresses over this new invention.
Supported by his devoted wife Elizabeth, the Prince tries various tactics to rid himself of his stammering including in one amusing instance putting five marbles in the mouth.
And then Elizabeth discovers the Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.
That’s when the rubber meets the road, fellas.
If the movie was merely good so far, with Lionel Logue’s entry the movie, as if on an overdose of steroids, gets catapulted into excellent territory.
From now on, the movie proceeds only in top gear.
Together, Colin Firth, who plays Prince Albert a.k.a Bertie, and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue set the screen on fire.
Their interaction, their confrontation, their joint work to rid Bertie of the speech impediment and their unconventional methods come together in an amalgam that’s sheer joy to behold.
The duo light up the screen as few actors can.
The lessons, dialogs and repartee between Bertie and Lionel are delightful and the photography solid as it conveys the agony of humiliation each time Bertie struggles to get the words out in his public speeches.
Playing Bertie’s wife Elizabeth, Helena Bonham Carter is a charm. As always.
In The King’s Speech, director Tom Hooper has delivered a gem that’s the talk of the town.
For movie buffs, to not see The King’s Speech would be a sacrilege.
The King’s Speech is playing in theaters across the U.S. As for all ye nimble-fingered rascals in India, need we even say anything further. 😉