Friendship before social status

I was looking forward to seeing “The King’s Speech” because the cast, along with the idea of a king struggling with a speech impediment, intrigued me. Who doesn’t want to see a film about a royal’s humanity? “The King’s Speech” presents the story of King George VI of Britain and his sudden ascension to the throne because of his brother’s (Guy Pearce) abdication. Unlike his brother, he had the necessary knowledge to fulfill this enormous task. The one obstacle getting in the way of him expressing his ideas in front of his people is a fear of public speaking. The role of King George brought Colin Firth a Golden Globe for Best Actor. The portrayal of this character wouldn’t have been relevant without the charming presence of Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), the eccentric teacher who helps the king voice his ideas. The film opens with King George in front of the microphone, ready to speak in front of thousands of people. Unfortunately, his mouth fails to utter the speech he had prepared, but his wife (Helena Bonham Carter) is right next to him ready to help, as she is throughout the whole film. The king’s wife, Elizabeth, is the one who makes the encounter between King George and Lionel Rogue possible. Her actions are always subtle and filled with love. This is the safest and most elegant role I’ve ever seen Helena Bonham Carter in — compared, for instance, to “Sweeney Todd” and “Fight Club” — but her silence, combined with her brief looks given to her husband, make for a very powerful performance. All in all, “The King’s Speech” is more of a drama than a historical film because it focuses on a friendship, from its embryo phase to maturation, and also on an individual’s struggle to cope with his issues in a context — Britain before WW II — where no issue can be kept from the people for too long.