Monday, 3 June 2013

Chris' Film Club: The King's Speech

Today in 1937 Prince Edward married Wallis Simpson, leading to his brother Albert, becoming King. The King’s Speech is all about the shy, stammering Albert (now King George VI) overcoming his speech impediment with the help of Australian therapist Lionel Logue and it charts their relationship over several years as they grow into friends and confidants.

The film stars Colin Firth (in an Oscar-winning performance), Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce. While it has the appearance of a big-budget television movie it is beautifully acted and the relationship of the two leads is central to the charm of the film.

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