in about 100 words or less
UK 118m, Colour
Director: Tom Hooper; Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon
As a dramatic film, The King’s Speech is both grand in scale with respect to the historical events in which it was set, and intensely personal in reference to the members of the Royal Family. The story follows King George VI who suffered from a speech impediment and, as a result, was reluctant to take the throne when his older brother King Edward VIII abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson a divorced American woman. Despite the political importance of the characters, the film’s core is about the friendship between King George VI and his speech therapist Lionel Logue, an unorthodox practitioner who led him through a crucial speech which was broadcast at the onset of World War II. The King’s Speech is a moving and dryly humorous film which is of historical interest and wholly entertaining, which in large part is due to the brilliant performances of the principal characters (Klaus Ming February 2011).