The King’s Speech

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Went to see this the other day. Directed by Tom Hooper. It’s the story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped him overcome a stutter and become a confident public speaker.

It’s a simple story well told. An actors film with endearing performances from Colin Firth as George VI, Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen Mum and Jeffrey Rush as Lionel Loeg with support from Michael Gambon and Guy Pierce as George’s overbearing Father and brother. They are all given lots of space to do their thing in long character lead scenes. The witty dialogue and interactions help humanise the starchy and emotionally cold Royal family.

It’s very much in the pedigree of The Queen and The Madness of King George and marks the beginning of the glut of awards season films released in the UK cinemas. I found it very enjoyable.