I don't generally bother with movie reviews these days unless it's exceptional, but I am making that exception for The King's Speech.
We finally got to see this last night after our copy arrived in the post. Remember I live out in the back of beyond out here, our closest cinema is a 25 minute drive away and it was closed down awhile ago due to unpaid taxes! Needless to say, this wasn't a problem I faced back in Blighty when a movie I really wanted to see was released.
Anyway I digress.... what a wonderful and uplifting movie, also surprisingly it made us laugh out loud many times. It deserved every plaudits and award it has received and probably a few it didn't as well. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are both wonderful as the soon to be King and his unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue.
This was also a very interesting but sad time in British history. I remember my late grandma telling me, that King Edward VIII's abdication over Wallis Simpson almost brought the nation to it's knees collectively, and this was closely followed by the declaration of war against Germany. I also read the Queen Mother (played by the wonderful Helena Bonham Carter) never forgave Berties brother for abdicating and forcing him onto a throne he never wanted, and she was convinced it was that stress that ended his life so prematurely.
All this history and the special relationship and trust these two men develop, make this a thoroughly absorbing and fascinating film, we both highly recommend.