This week on Symphony @ 7, I’ll be featuring some notable recordings Herbert Von Karajan made with the Berlin Philharmonic.
Film Review: The King’s Speech
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The King’s Speech
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, and Derek Jacobi
Director: Tom Hooper
Genre: Drama, History
Rating: R for some language
Rico: The King’s Speech starts as the man second in line to the British throne, and known to his family as “Bertie” (Colin Firth), is struggling with a lifelong disability, that of stammering. In his life as a royal, it just won’t do.
Joyce: This film is based on history and feels authentic due to bravura performances by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter (in a small role).
Rico: The story’s time frame is the prelude to W.W.II, and Britain needs a strong monarch. Prince Edward VII abdicates so he can pursue his love with twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson.
Joyce: After Bertie’s many attempts to conquer his speech problem, his totally supporting wife Elizabeth, who will eventually become the Queen Mother to her daughter Elizabeth II, finally gets him to an unorthodox speech therapist played by Rush.
Rico: Bertie is then thrust into the fire. He has been working hard with his problem, but now the pressure is really on. This is a wonderful film. I predict many nominations and awards.
Joyce: While this is certainly a dramatic film, it also has some very amusing moments, especially from the therapist Lionel Logue. You will see an all-star cast, fine in their roles, and providing a great glimpse of the royalty of the time. Everyone should see this terrific film.