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Movie Review: The King's Speech

Alternate Title: Finding One's Voice

Story: All the King's horses and all the King's men could not help this would be King with his stutter. The film is based on the true story of George VI, who ascended to the English throne when his brother Edward abdicated in 1936 to marry the twice divorced Wallis Warfield Simpson. Director Tom Hooper and writer David Seidler create a terrific piece of movie magic as they recreate the events surrounding George's ascendancy to the throne and how he was able to eventually control his stammer as England marches towards war with Germany.

An unconventional Australian speech therapist enters the future King's life and through physical exercise and eventual psychological discovery, the Royal finds his voice. This part of the film is fabulously enthralling as we watch two brilliant actors work at their craft.

Was George VI's stutter as bad as it is depicted? I think not. Is the Royal family's coziness with Germany overlooked? I think so. Are some of the scenes depicted for entertainment rather than veracity. For sure. Yes, the movie plays fast and loose with historical accuracy but it is not a documentary, it is inspired by true events and that often makes for a much better film, doesn't it?

I recommend this film to one and all. If you are a bit rusty about this time in history it would be helpful if you brushed up on these Royals.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aS4hoOSlzo

Acting: Colin Firth as King George VI is brilliant as is Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue. Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth can do no wrong. Guy Pearce as King Edward VIII is terrific. The entire supporting cast is wonderful including: Jennifer Ehle (Myrtle Logue), Eve Best (Wallis Simpson), Freya Wilson (Princess Elizabeth), Ramona Marquez (Princess Margaret), Claire Bloom (Queen Mary), Derek Jacobi (Archbishop Cosmo Lang), Michael Gambon (King George V), Timothy Spall (Winston Churchill) and Anthony Andrews (Stanley Baldwin).

Trivia: Writer David Seilder has been working on this idea for decades but could not bring the project to light until the Queen Mum past away. He never thought she would live to be 101. So at age 73, former stammerer Seidler, was free to pursue his idea.

Predilection: I like Colin Firth

Critters: The royal corgi's are present and Mrs Simpson had a pug.

Food: I cannot recall anyone eating anything.

Sex Spectrum: There are a few funny exchanges about sex.

Soundtrack: The score by Alexandre Desplat is beautiful

Visual Art: The royals live well.

Theater Audience: We were almost alone in the secret balcony but the downstairs was very crowded and the audience applauded at the end of the film. I turned to my movie buddy and said there was some irony to the fact that King George VI's great grandson, Harry, wore a Nazi uniform to a recent Halloween party. We both sighed.

Weather: It is England - there is weather.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: Hitler makes me squirm as does Mrs Simpson.

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Predictability Level: If you do not have a clue about history there will be surprises but if you know about this period in time you can simply enjoy this fine film.

Tissue Usage: I did not well up or cry but my movie buddy was a weepy mess. (She is much more sentimental than I am).

Oscar Worthy: I would be shocked if both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are not nominated for all sorts of awards Helena Bonham Carter should get a nod for her performance as well.

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen for sure. Pomp looks great enlarged.

Length: Two hours