– ‚Timing isn’t my strong suit.’
In a universe in which conditioning and living up to a given role, nothing can be more important than a friendship on which you can rely. In a state in which you find yourself blocked from all help that you could possibility get, nothing can be more important than finding the right person.
The King’s Speech (2010) is a history drama that shows us one version of the story of King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II. George (Colin Firth), ‘Bertie’, is struggling with a speech disorder and its cause lays deep. It is when his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) introduces him to the Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue that he is gaining his voice back. This film was a true box office and critical success; which are two entirely different things. It has received 12 Oscar nominations. So this film really does earn the status of being a best movie of all time.
The King’s Speech is about the sound of voice. It introduces us to an unlike friendship and portrays the burden of responsibility.
When George finds himself confronted with the impossible task of being the nation’s voice he can count on Lionel to help him find his voice and thus turning into the source of hope for the nation. George met Lionel when there was no other option left, or rather he wouldn’t accept any other option anymore, to work on his speech problem. All his life he had been conditioned and his putative faults had been corrected. The fact that his voice seemed to be lost forever was something George had always kept in his mind. He has built a shield around himself. During the first few sessions with Lionel, his speech therapist, manages break it through and begins with the 24/7 support for his royal patient. The alien methods might have put ‘Bertie’ off at first but after a while he found Lionel to be a man he can fully trust and call a true friend.
The friendship between Lionel and George teaches a lesson of formative boundaries and the pressure of a role you are meant to play for others, but actually cannot see yourself ready for it yet.
I have watched this film many times and I think one of the reasons why it was such a big success with the audience is that it breaks the wall between the royal and everyday man. To me, The King’s Speech is not about the King who stood up for his voice but about a man who found back to himself with the help of a friend. A friend who couldn’t care less about the status of his majesty the King of England. It’s only Bertie after all.