“The King’s Speech:” Definitely Worth Seeing
I had been wanting to see “The King’s Speech” for weeks. I finally got the chance a few nights ago, and I must say it’s definitely Oscar material in my mind.
Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech” is based on the true story of Great Britain’s King George VI (Firth). “Bertie,” as his family knew him, suffered from a debilitating stammer that made public speaking nearly impossible for him. (In a world where radio was quickly emerging as the standard for mass communication, a speech impediment was quite an obstacle to overcome.) When Bertie’s brother suddenly abdicates the throne in order to marry a two-time divorcee, Bertie reluctantly takes the crown, and must rely on an eccentric speech coach named Lionel Logue (Rush), to conquer his speaking difficulties and lead Great Britain through World War II.
I found the film to be perfectly cast and wonderfully directed. It has already garnered several Golden Globe Award nominations, and I’m confident it will get plenty of attention at the Oscars.
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