|THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY, LAURIE SPARHAM |
Colin Firth, left, and Helena Bonham Carter are shown in a scene from "The King's Speech."
"The King's Speech" tells the story of a monarch left virtually impotent by democracy and, even more so, his own insecurities.
"If I am king, where is my power?" asks King George VI of Britain (Colin Firth). "Can I declare war? Form a government? Levy a tax? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority because (the people) think that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can't speak, because I have no voice."
When we meet the king in 1925, he is Prince Albert, "Bertie" to those close to him, the Duke of York, and he is about to speak at the closing of the 1925 Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium. What comes out, though, hardly could be called a speech, plagued as it is by Bertie's uncontrollable stammer.