Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: A rousing, stylishly produced and highly enjoyable historical drama with standout performances by both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.
Extra DVD Features: Audio commentary with director Tom Hooper; A 20-minute "Making Of The King's Speech" Archival footage of the actual King George VI.
Colin Firth ...
King George VI
Geoffrey Rush ...
Helena Bonham Carter ...
Guy Pearce ...
King Edward VIII
Jennifer Ehle ...
Michael Gambon ...
King George V
Derek Jacobi ...
Timothy Spall ...
Anthony Andrews ...
The King's Speech
After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the
scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin
Firth) who... After
the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon "The Singing Detective") and the
scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce "Memento"), who fell madly in love with a divorcee from the United States, Edward's younger brother Bertie (Colin
Firth) who suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his
life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England in the 1930's.
With his country on
the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, George's wife, Elizabeth
(Helena Bonham Carter "Alice in Wonderland"), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her
husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey
Rush "Shine") who just might help her reluctant husband overcome his debilitating impediment. After a rough start, the two men begin an unorthodox course of
treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of
Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"),
the King will manage to overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address as they are about to embark on a long battle with Germany. The speech is able to inspire the British people and unite them in the war which is about to start.
The King's Speech follows the Royal Monarch's quest
to find his voice and is based on the true life and times
of King George VI. It has been beautifully written by David Seidler ("Tucker: The Man and his Dream") and directed by Tom Hooper (HBO's "John Adams"). You'll be hearing all these names when the Academy Award nominations are announced early next year.