Director: Tom Hooper (The Damned United)
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush
Prince Albert (Colin Firth), The Duke of York had a severe speech impediment which made him the butt of family jokes. He dreaded public speaking but because he was the younger brother of the heir apparent, Prince Edward (Guy Pearce), mercifully there was little call to give them. All that changed when Edward, after assuming the crown in 1936, abdicated a few months later to marry an American divorcé. ‘Bertie’ assumes the crown and as King George VI of England has to master public oration. Realizing the situation his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), goads him into seeking help from Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an unconventional Australian speech therapist. Pygmalion in reverse, the speech therapist and Bertie embark on a long and arduous journey. All the more stressful when Logue adopts unorthodox methods including treating the Royal as an equal. The situation becomes more dire when Edward abdicates and threat of World War becomes a reality. Britain and the Commonwealth need a king to mobilize and inspire the populace for the impending conflagration. Can Logue work his magic in time? Well you will need to see the movie, but the acting is great, the wit excellent and the story inspirational.