On CLIPS In February, 2011
THE KING'S SPEECH
England's King George VI (Colin Firth) gets help with his stammer from speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) in this historical drama.
TRIVIA: Colin Firth gave an award-worthy performance as a character named George in which 2009 theatrical film?
(4 CAMS) RATED R
After his brother King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) abdicates, Bertie (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the British throne as King George VI. With a stammer that is unworthy of a king, Bertie enlists the assistance of unorthodox speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). The unlikely friendship and therapy help the monarch find the proper voice to lead his country through war. "The King's Speech" is an engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable historical drama. Easily one of the best films of the year, the commanding presence of Firth and Rush is enough reason to see this cinematic jewel. Working from David Seidler's original screenplay, director Tom Hooper ("The Damned United") has exquisitely captured the look and feel of England as it enters into war with Nazi Germany. Not to be overlooked in the superb cast is Helena Bonham Carter as the regal Queen Elizabeth. This is the kind of movie that educates while it entertains. The "R" rating, mostly for foul language during the therapy sessions, shouldn't be a deterrent. "The King's Speech" is a crowning achievement that's sure to be the talk of this awards season.