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3.0 out of 5 stars Suffers because there is better work out there., 3 Jun 2011
This review is from: A King's Speech (BBC Radio 4) (Audio CD)
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First thing to note: This is written by Mark Burgess for Radio Four and not the audio version of the book/movie.

Mostly set around the King's coronation speech, the setting and backstory in the story and movie is conveyed through conversation vignettes between His and Her Majesties; Mr and Mrs Logue,as well as BBC staff setting up the coronation speech.

Unfortunately this personal approach feels rather contrived, especially when Logue asks His Majesty what he would say to his father if he could speak to him once more.

Compared to the vast depth of relationships presented by the movie and book, it is a poor cousin. In my opinion, to base this on the coronation speech instead of the outbreak of WWII seems to lack gravitas. It suffers because there is better alternative material on the subject now.

Even without comparison to the book, the suspension of disbelief required to accept His Majesty's informality and candid answering of "questions" (as a playwright's tool) is a step too far. Paradoxically, you would need to see the movie to be more accepting of this.

All being said though, it was an enjoyable addition to my work commute. I would recommend it to someone who was very keen on that bit of Royal History. I would follow it up with, "The book and movie is much better"
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