Sunday, November 28, 2010

The King's Speech

The true story of King George VI of England, who reluctantly becomes ruler when his brother abdicates the throne in 1936. His reluctance is due to a terrible stammer that destroys his confidence to rule. His wife, Queen Elizabeth finds speech therapist, Lionel Logue to help with the King's problem. Lionel's unconventional treatments eventually lead the two men to a life-long friendship.

Colin Firth stars as King George and Geoffrey Rush plays Lionel Logue. These two actors are at the top of their game and are wonderful to watch as they bond over the King's problem. Mr. Firth is marvelous in a role with such vocal difficulty. Mr. Rush also shines as the commoner, not afraid of royalty but rather committed to helping a man in dire need. They should both easily get Oscar nominations for this film. Also outstanding is Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth. She makes the queen regal and yet, so human as a wife and mother.

Director Tom Hooper captures the period along with all the pomp and circumstance of the royal family perfectly. He directs an all star cast that also includes Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon and Sir Derek Jacobi. The film is obviously very British but the story holds a universal appeal. With perseverance, one can overcome handicaps and go on to great things.

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