Well it’s not everyday that I decided to venture to the more commercial venue of Leicester Square for a film, but with the word around town and the press talk ablaze it would be a crime not to jump on the bag wagon to see what they are preaching about!I lack hesitation and with a tight time slot and 3 minutes until the movie starts, I felt it appropraite to jump into the unexperienced ‘Premium Circle’- with Orange Wednesday discount (only £21.00 between us).Bargain!
A lively audience with laughter and munching within the first 15 minutes is always a sure sign and with captivation and grace i would be shocked for anyone to have left unsatisfied. I was blown away by the set design,locations, costumes and Shakespeare twist! It would be a crime not to see this movie. Surely Colin Firth is more than proven his worth for an Oscar! Congrats!
The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped George VI overcome a stammer. Filmingcommenced in the United Kingdom in November 2009. The film was given a limited release in the United States on 26 November 2010 before giving it a wide release on 10 December 2010 and it was given general release across the UK on 7 January 2011.
The film opens as The Prince Albert, Duke of York, son of King George V, prepares to speak before the 1925 Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium, with his wifeElizabeth by his side. His stammering speech visibly unsettles the thousands of listeners in the audience. Albert seeks to overcome his speech impediment, seeing one therapist who suggests smoking as a throat relaxant and reading with seven sterilized marbles in his mouth, claiming the practice cured Demosthenesof his stammer. After nearly choking, he vows to cease any further attempts at rehabilitation.
Behind his back, the Duchess of York meets with Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist now living in London, and persuades her husband to attempt Logue’s radical treatments. In their first session, Logue insists on calling the Duke “Bertie” (a pet name used by Albert’s family). He insists that Albert not smoke in his presence and wagers Albert one shilling that he can make him read without a stammer. He convinces Albert to read Hamlet’s “To be, or not to be” soliloquy, while listening to the overture from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro on headphones. Logue records Albert’s reading, but convinced that he has stammered throughout, Albert leaves in a huff. Logue offers him the recording as a keepsake.