The King's Speech is a genial intelligent film. One of the best pictures this year.
It's the relationship between the two men who makes the film work: Geoffrey Rush's teacher, and Colin Firth so persuasive as the panic-stricken king, who by the time he gets to his momentous speech about going to war, you'll be panicking right along with him.
Colin Firth as the king and his enterprising wife (a remarkably entertaining Helena Bonham Carter) who finds unorthodox Geoffrey Rush as his therapist offers a trio of stupendous performances, in roles that explode the screen despite the constraints of a slightly sober screenplay by David Seidler and a not so impressive music score by Alexander Desplat . One must be ignorant in the choosing of the background music with Beethoven's Seventh Symphony during George VI's patriotic speech intending to motivate and comfort his citizens for the imminent war on Germany. In my book, the speech should not have been accompanied by one of Hitler's preferred songwriter. On the other hand the cinematography by Danny Cohen was a delight.
Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush stars as Logue, the man who teaches the King to find a voice with which to lead the country into war. In the film, Colin Firth portrays the legendary ruler with Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Louge, George's personal speech therapist who becomes the core of a surprising friendship. This colorful historical drama stars Colin Firth as Bertie, the eventual King George VI, and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, his speech therapist consultant, an Australian living in London.
The finest part of the movie is the concrete bond created between characters and audience and the beating in your chest when Bertie takes the mike or Lionel trespasses his limits on a morning walk as every part of the movie works balanced in a beautifully controlled piece of cinematography.