Article by Fabafterfifty
I was totally enthralled from beginning to end. The performances from Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter were superb, as we were taken back to a bygone era, where sense of duty and decency were admired and respected. The journey of this quiet, unassuming family man, who just happened to be born a prince, and who’s stammer caused him to be pitied and ridiculed as he overcame his speech impediment to be able communicate with conviction, authority and empathy with an empire at war on unexpectedly becoming King was nothing less than inspirational.
All thoughts of Mr Darcy vanished as Colin Firth was utterly believable as ‘Bertie’, as his family referred to him. Helena Bonham Carter was equally convincing in her role as our current Queen’s mother. The friendship which developed between King and speech therapist (played by Rush) was heartwarming.
As the film unfolded, you just couldn’t help but feel grateful for the fact that Wallis Simpson captured the heart of the older far more brash, shallow older brother, forcing him to abdicate, paving the way for this shy, decent individual to take on the role of monarch, at a time when the nation needed someone with the inner strength to guide them through such a difficult period in our history.
As the credits rolled, I just wanted to stay and watch the whole film all over again.
The performances were exceptional, the costumes stunning and the mood of the nation and the strength of its king captured perfectly.
One film not to be missed!