Did yaâ€™ll get the opportunity to watch the Golden Globes last weekend? Â I sure hope you did, because it was actually a great showing this year. Especially with Ricky Gervais as the host, but thatâ€™s another story.
If you did happen to watch the awards show, you would have noticed that this movie called â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€ racked up a bunch of nominations, actually the most of any movie there. Â The film also scored a Golden Globe win for Colin Firth as best actor.
â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€ follows the actions of the Prince Albert (who became King George VI) but not at the height of his power. Â Instead, director Tom Hooper depicts the kingâ€™s struggle to overcome a speech impediment. Â Or as Firth so eloquently states, â€œI BLOODY WELL STAMMER!â€
To alleviate his speech problem, the kingâ€™s wife (Queen Elizabeth) hires Lionel Logue, a bumbling speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. Â Logue puts the less-than-eager king through a bizarre training program that tests both his speaking ability and his patience.
The training method consists of drills that have the queen sitting on her husbandâ€™s stomach while heâ€™s doing breathing exercises or having the king curse to his heartâ€™s content in order to retain speech fluency. Â
Sure, I know that a lot of you out there are thinking that a movie about a guy overcoming a speech impediment sounds just as exciting as pulling teeth, but hear me out. Â The tone of the film and the charm of its characters win you over and make you invested in their success.
If nothing else, itâ€™s certainly a telling feat that the movie causes you to cheer for a character delivering a speech as if they were a star athlete playing in a football game. Â Or should I say football match?
Expect Firth to win the Academy Award for best actor next month.
â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€ is rated R for a slew of profanities and the capacity to emotionally move people through inspirational rhetoric.