The King’s Speech

The Factor of Two

Posted on:  January 2, 2011

Life is seldom simple.  That is why the common tendency in telling stories is to make sure they are plenty complicated, multi faceted and from varying points of view.  After all, who wants to see a movie with a plot so basic, it would come across as plain and unrealistic? Nothing is further from the truth.

Most every life experience can be broken down to its basic elements and in the middle is usually the simple relationship between two diametrically opposing entities.  Things evolve and become complex but at the heart of it all is the intangible and primal attraction that brings living things together.
I‘ve said before how I tend not to like biopics because they are someone else’s take on historical fact.  And indeed THE KING’S SPEECH does that very thing however, it lacks that usual comic caricaturing that reduces characters into costumed actors.  What this film succeeds in achieving is making you forget about monarchial trivia and focuses you on how the relationship of two people can be affecting and downright inspiring.
If you really thought about it, what attracts us to other people is inevitably not the things we have in common with them, but their inherent fundamental contradiction to ourselves.  We are not like them so we like them.  Opposites attract. It’s over used but yes it’s relevant and especially in designing characters.
This film is superbly shot, directed and written.  The dialogue is of the period but there isn’t the usual over indulgence of english royal pomp.  What I really liked is the fact that I could have kept watching Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush talk to each other.  There’s more than enough there for another film.  But isn’t that what good films do?  Keep their characters in your head long after you’d driven off the theater parking lot?