The King’s Speech recently won the Academy Award for Best Film, a prestigious honour. It most certainly earned this award. Colin Firth’s adaptation of King George VI was impressive, and he looked the part. His stammer became almost flawless, and he portrayed such raw emotion that you could almost believe it was real.
The same can be said for the members of the supporting cast. Both Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter adapted well to the role, albeit Rush’s slight overemphasis of his Australian accent. Bonham Carter accurately portrayed both the nurturing and royal side to the Queen, showing character depth I am sure she herself would have appreciated.
The relationship between Logue and the King was depicted beautifully, and the actors convincingly portrayed true friendship and struggle which lasted a lifetime. Indeed, director Tom Hooper can walk away knowing that his award for Best Director was well deserved.
One small issue for me, however, was the depiction of Stanley Baldwin, Conservative Prime Minister at the time. Whilst the film portrays him as a remorseful failure, this is certainly not the case. Baldwin reacted well to the crisis overseas, and the war did not do much to affect his resignation. In fact, he resigned in a positive light, allowing Chamberlain to take over in a dignified and respectable manner. He was not the worn-out man that he was shown to be.