The King's Speech was directed by Tom Hooper. It had its first showing on 10th December 2010 in USA and on 7th January 2011 in UK.The film is set in London in 1936 during the reigned of king George V of England.
When the king dies, Prince Edward comes to throne but after a year reigning he abdicates in favour of his brother, Prince Albert, Duke of York, who had problems with his speech because he had a stammer.Prince Albert becomes King George VI of England. His speech problem took his wife Elisabeth to search a speech therapist for him to solve it. The speech therapist, Lionel Logue, was an Australian actor who used to help injured people during the war and now helps people with all sorts of speech problems with non very orthodox methods . Finally the king put off his problem during his speech announcing the Second World War to the English nation. Even though at first Bertie,the King, and Logue, the therapist, don't get on well, at the end they get to now each other and get in touch for the rest of their lives.
MAIN CHARACTERS/SCRIPT/ MUSIC
The film is starred by one of the most selective British-born actors. Colin Firth stars the film in the role of George VI, he is famous for starring films like "Bridget Jones' Diary", "The English Patient", "Shakespeare in love" or the BBC's 1995 adaptation of "Jane's Austen "Pride and Prejudice" at the part of Mr. Darcy. The king's wife role is played by Helena Bohan Carter, famous for almost all of Tim Burton's films. As a curious fact, she enjoyed this part because she kept eating all the time during the filming. Geoffrey Rush was selected to play the part of Lionel Logue.The script was written by David Seidler and the Original Soundtrack was composed by Alexandre Desplat.
The King's Speech has been granted with several nominations to the most important awards such as the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the Bafta's in nearly all the possible categories and the most important ones (Best film, actor, actress and director). Up to now, Colin Firth has achieved the Golden Globe, the Oscar to the Best actor and the Bafta to the Best Actor too. Helena Bohan Carter has won the Bafta to the Best Actress.
In our opinion this is a very interesting film. It's entertaining and at the same time you can learn about England's history. Spectators are moved to 1930's England during George's V reign and George's VI at the begining of the Second World War. Perhaps the plot can turn out a little bit dull in some part because they may be unnecesary. However, we recommend people to watch it because it has some really funny parts.
Jhoanna Carrillo y Beatriz Machuca 2ºC bach.