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The Kings Speech
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 10:58

The King's SpeechThere has already been a lot of talk about The King’s Speech, and all the Oscar buzz for Colin Firth’s performance – So you’ll have to forgive me that I decided to see it instead of Gwyneth Paltrow’s “there’s a tear in my beer” turn as an alcoholic country singer in the dismally titled Country Strong. It sounds more like an antiperspirant than a movie.

The King’s Speech is a historical drama about King George VI, the father of our current Queen Elizabeth, before and during the time he succeeded the throne. His severe stuttering was a mortifying handicap to him as someone expected to Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Cartermake so many public speeches – especially in a time when radio was enabling more public exposure than ever before. With the encouragement of his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham-Carter) he hires an unconventional speech therapist as a last resort. Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) certainly gets under the royal skin, so to speak, and insists on equality during their therapy sessions. But soon a reluctant friendship forms between the two men and Logue becomes the one person who can help the King.

Geoffrey RushDon’t be fooled by thoughts of a boring costume drama about royals! The King’s Speech is engaging, funny and entertaining from beginning to end. The script is brilliant and gives an insider look at what the lives of the royal family might be like when they are out of the public eye. Appearance is everything after all. But the relationships at the centre of the story are so touching and beautifully acted, from the reserved devotion of Bonham-Carter as a loving wife, to the head-butting and slow friendship between Firth and Rush’s characters.

The King’s Speech is a wonderful film.


Directed by Tom Hooper, Starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

King George VI reigned from 1936 until his death in 1952.

Colin Firth received an Oscar nomination last year for his performance in A Single Man.