From his TV roots, directing many magnificent shows like Prime Suspect and Cold Feet, Tom Hooper’s cinema movies have been just as impressive. First the brilliant, The Damned United and now The King’s Speech… what a track record!
Based on King George VI’s rise to the throne, Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning The King’s Speech stars Colin Firth as the titular monarch on a quest to find his voice.
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 has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into 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), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.
Verdict: What more can I add that hasn’t already been said… brilliant! *****