The King’s Speech
Starring Colin Firth, the film focuses on how the current Queen’s father overcame his nervous stammer, with the assistance of speech therapist, before ascending the throne more than 70 years ago.
Colin Firth plays Bertie, a shy prince who was expecting to lead a quiet life until his older brother, after being crowned Edward VIII, abdicated in order to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson.
At that point, it became urgent for Bertie, about to ascend the throne as George VI, to get rid of his stammer. Enter an unorthodox speech therapist from Australia named Lionel Logue — played in the movie by Geoffrey Rush. Thanks to Logue’s miraculous intervention, Bertie acquired the confidence to be regal and lead his country into World War II.
The starry cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter as Bertie’s wife, Elizabeth (later much beloved as the Queen Mother), Michael Gambon as George V, Guy Pearce as Edward VIII and Derek Jacobi as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Release dateNovember 26, 2010