The King’s speech is a movie, which has an ambiance that is remotely personal, and yet it manages to paint a story, which is intimate, true, and unpretentious. Firth, possesses the knack, skill, temperament and sensitivity to portray a person in a detached fashion. His performance is imbued with subtle histrionic overtures, which elicit emotions that touch one’s core sensibilities. Rarely are you distracted by the histrionics, as you would in a movie enacted by Kamal Haasan or Al Pacino, and the cinematic experience is delivered as a wholesome meal.
The story and screen play are conceived in a professional yet aesthetically laudable manner. Though the plot revolves around historically significant happenings, which involve the Royal family of England, one never feels estranged by the weighty and momentous nature of the backdrop. At it’s heart, the film is just an account of an ordinary man’s will to conquer self-doubts, apprehensions, and an effort to boldly shoulder his responsibilities. The screenplay writer and director have created a royal family, populated by characters with whom the audience can connect emotionally,identify and empathize with. The tribulations, the ego clashes, the inadequacies, identity crises, which plague yet form the basis of any familial association, are portrayed with such subtle and gentle panache. The emotional ebbs and the troughs in the film neither distract nor enchant you but submerges you in an experience that is a cruise of sorts.
The protagonist’s character had been chiseled clinically. Rather than eliciting sympathy one tends to identify with the person that Firth plays. Every person who ever had had the guts to stand up and volunteer, for any thing, any deed whatsoever, would have gone through these moments, which the protagonist endures. They are a blend of apprehension, self doubt, anger, jubilation, repentance, pride, embarrassment and what not. The myriad and plural nature of these immense number of emotions, all stuffed into a short period in time, forms the bed rock of this film’s appeal. In short this movie is worth a watch.