The King’s Speech

Wallis Simpson was from Baltimore, and her future husband, Edward VIII, was forced to give up kinging in 1936 after someone overhead her saying, “I’m gunna be Queen, ya feel me?” Eddie the Abdicator’s younger brother, Bertie to his chums, thus had unwanted greatness thrust upon him – not to mention the new name of George VI. Problem was, he was a stammerer. Not a good look for someone expected to inspire the troops on the eve of WWII.

Bertie’s missus (later known as the Queen Mum) dug up a speech therapist called Lionel Logue to fix Bertie. But Lionel was unqualified and, worse still, Australian. Surely this would not work?

This story offers few surprises but beautiful execution, with Colin Firth in possibly his best form yet as Bertie and Geoffrey Rush bringing his usual drollness and irreverence to Logue. Good cast, good fun. True dat. 9/10


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