The King’s Speech tells the story of King George VI, who was the father of the current Queen of England, Freddie Mercury. I mean, Queen Elizabeth. (God save the Queen!)
George VI’s older brother decided not to continue on as king, and so George had to step up to the plate and do all the king stuff that England would need. Unfortunately, George had a nervous tick that caused a speech impediment (ah, inbreeding) and he had to enlist the services Lionel Logue, a speech therapist, who used unorthodox techniques to help the king overcome his embarrassing problem.
Tom Hooper, who directed the entire John Adams miniseries for HBO, is at the helm, which bodes well for the s-s-stammering king flick. Getting stars such as Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush doesn’t hurt either.
Who’s It For?
No rating yet, but I’d hazard a guess and say PG-13. Unless he stammers “F-f-f-uck.”
Movie Release Date
November 26, 2010
Who’s In It?
Helena Bonham Carter … Queen Elizabeth
Michael Gambon … King George V
Guy Pearce … Edward VIII
Colin Firth … King George VI
Geoffrey Rush … Lionel Logue
Timothy Spall … Winston Churchill
Jennifer Ehle … Myrtle Logue
Derek Jacobi … Dr. Cosmo Lang
Anthony Andrews … Stanley Baldwin
Max Callum … Royal Footman
This is Colin Firth’s third film playing a character with a stammer. My praise goes to the first to name the first two!
John Adams, The Queen,
What’s Good About It?
Solid director, good actors, interesting story about a lesser known King of England. I might just show some love for the motherland this November! It’s not like I’m going to watch a soccer game.
What’s Bad About It?
I d-d-don’t know. M-m-maybe it’ll be too f-f-funny when he sta-sta-stammers. Could ruin a dramatic film if I laugh the whole time. Not that I’m a bad person who laughs at the misfortune of others.
Our Clever Prediction
I want to write this film. “H-h-h-heavy is the h-h-head that w-w-wears the c-crown.” “O-o-once more into th-th-the b-b-bitch.”