I have long awaited the release of this movie, ever since I found out about it in October. I cannot tell you how many times I have longingly watched the trailer. Saddo.
I am a lover of royal history, so to see a practically unknown story told on the big screen is something that excited me muchous **
Colin Firth plays Kings George VI
Firth is flawless as Bertie, soon to be George VI. But I shall be honest. I was not expecting to be as swept up in this story as much as I was. I am not a fan of Colin Firth. Actually, that's a bit of a fib. A whopper in fact. I am not a fan of Bridget Jone's Diary (gasp!) and this is all my feeble mind associated him with.
I didn't think he was a very deep actor. A bit wooden. I was so very, very, VERY wrong. And a bit of a knobber for not looking past a 2 film deal and further into his extensive career. I am now going to do just that.
Helena Bonham-Carter plays Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons.
Helena Bonham-Carter. What can I say? What is there to say? As a huge fan of all her work, each scene with her was a delight. And she endeared me to find out more about the dear old Queen Mum.
I have heard whispers that she was a bit of a cantankerous old moo. But it would seem with due reason. She was a pillar of strength for her husband through his stammer and the bullying he suffered at the hands of the alpha's of the family.
A constant support for the Prince who was not meant to be King.
Geoffrey Rush plays Lionel Logue
And one of the ways she supported her husband was to carry on when he has ceased to care about the stutter he has developed. She sourced Lionel Logue, an unconventional Australian speech therapist, to help him when he believed himself to be beyond it.
Geoffrey Rush is monumental in this role. I loved every minute of watching him bring this footnote of history to life.
It is not really a fashion movie, not for us lasses anyway. But, it is wonderful in other ways for a history girl such as myself, with a keen eye for detail.
The fact that Queen Mary makes a regal and stately appearance, for example. Wallace Simpson, who seems to adequately slide and slither her way across the screen. A harrowed looking Neville Chamberlain and a bold Winston Churchill, made up for the lack of frocks.
I found out that having suffered from a stammer himself as a child and listening to King George VI on the radio, the writer David Seidler investigated how this seemed to all but disappear. Research in hand, he had to ask permission of the Queen Mother, who requested that it not be written in her lifetime as the memories remained too painful. This was duly respected.
The result of his exploration is a heartwarming, uplifting, anger inducing, tear jerker, laugh out loud movie.
I am beyond pleased that David Seidler followed his dream to write this story. He has given a historical treat to us all that otherwise would have remained untold.
A top drawer 10 out of 10 from me.
** - what did not excite me was the fact that whole way through the movie a young girlfriend was asking her older boyfriend what was going on. And who was who. Namely "Who is Winston Churchill?". My brain could not compute. And my right eye started to twitch. I didn't know if I wanted to hit her or cry. In the end I decided that, should the opportunity arise, I would congratulate the boyfriend on his patient, whispered knowledge, as he knew his stuff. And then I would hit her. With a history book.