The King’s Speech: A Movie Review
The future King of England works on the personal problems causing his stuttering problem with a pioneering speech therapist. During his slow and difficult efforts Hiter is rising. He would be called upon by events beyond his control to give the speech decaring England’s war against Hitler. But would he only make a fool out of himself and all concerned? There was no way out.
I went to see The King’s Speech today. You may know it is a movie about King George of England who became king just before England answered Hitler by declaring war. He was not his father’s first born son, but Edward had abdicated in order to marry a lady who had been divorced twice and could not be Queen for that reason, and George was the next in line. The story was mainly about George’s terrible stuttering and his relationship with a pioneering speech therapist. It was looking more and more like George would have to give the speech on the radio declaring England at war with Hitler, as events unfolded during his struggle to overcome his problem, but there was much doubt about his capacity to do so without making a clown out of all concerned. His stuttering problem was that bad. But between the two of them, the therapist and the determined student, King George managed to publicly declare war via the radio when called upon to do so. George described Hitler as driven by a primitive “Might is right” philosophy and stated that all peaceful means of stopping the violence were to no avail and there was no choice left but all out war. Such a philosophy and the violence of its proponents should not be allowed to decide the future of the world, King George asserted. In the movie, the soundtrack of the actual speech was played and it really was a great piece of oratory. All the high ranking advisers and the people of England were amazed that King George did so well and took it as a good sign that they would win, and thus were greatly encouraged to lay hands to the terrifying effort.