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Movie Review: THE KING'S SPEECH

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If you're looking for a good movie to see this weekend, take my advice and go to see THE KING'S SPEECH. There really is no better choice.

Based on a true story, THE KING'S SPEECH is one of the best films of this or any other year.

Colin Firth gives an Oscar worthy performance as the stuttering Prince who became King George the 6th of England in 1936.

The film shows how he overcame his stammer with the help of an unconventional speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush.

For Prince Albert, the Duke of York (Colin Firth)    public speaking is agony. So when his wife, played by Helena Bonham Carter, finds him an Australian speech therapist, played by Geoffrey Rush, the Prince goes to see the man.
 
 "What'll I call you?" therapist says to his new client.
 "Your Royal Highness," the Prince replies. "Then ‘sir" after that."
 "How about ‘Bertie?' says the therapist.
 Looking uncomfortable the prince answers: "Only my family uses that."
Undeterred, the therapist says simply, "In here it's better if we're equals."

Bertie soon learns that Lionel Rogue (Rush) is not a typical speech therapist, and he rejects his new teacher's process more than once.
 
"What was your earliest memory?" Lionel asks Bertie.
"I'm not hear to discuss personal matters," Bertie insists."
"Why are you here then?"
"Because I bloody well stammer," Bertie yells.

After many struggles... the therapist becomes the future king's first real friend. "What are friends for," Lionel says at one point. "I wouldn't know," is Bertie's simple reply. Because he really doesn't know.

The film is full of emotional moments that benefit enormously from the extraordinary talents of these two fine actors.

Firth especially gives an unforgettable performance mixing anger and vulnerability as well as the determination to develop the skills he needs to be his country's leader as it enters World War II.
 
"The nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them," Bertie says, "and I can't speak."

Just before Bertie's first widely broadcast speech, Lionel says to him, "Forget everything else and just say it to me."

I generally don't like historical films, and I usually avoid films about English royalty. But THE KING'S SPEECH is so good I think anyone would enjoy it.