The King’s Speech
Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.
“The King’s Speech” is being touted and has been touted for months as one of the 10 best movies of the year, even when no one had seen it, and Colin Firth as a nominee and probably a winner for best actor. This is a really terrific movie. It looks at Albert, who became George VI, who is Queen Elizabeth’s father. And he had a stammer. Helena Bonham Carter plays his wife very winningly. Guy Pearce plays his big brother, who defected, from Australia. And the Australians are very well represented also by Geoffrey Rush, who plays a speech teacher with no credentials, but helps the young prince and then the future king get over his stammer. This is really a lovely movie. Eve Best plays Wallis Simpson. Michael Gambon plays the dying king, and Claire Bloom plays his wife the queen. All in all, I think it’s great history. And this is really a four and a half star movie. And the only reason I don’t give it five stars is because it’s about 10 minutes too long, which is kind of crippling. It’s certainly the best movie I’ve seen so far this year.