I am a sucker for period films and especially about the English monarchy. I saw a picture for The King’s Speech a few weeks ago that got me excited, and it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it won the People’s Choice Award. The movie has already received some Oscar buzz for Colin Firth.
The King’s Speech is about King George VI, also known as Bertie, and his stammering/stuttering problem he had when he rose to throne of England. He became King after his brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry an American woman who had divorced twice. King George VI is the father of the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II. His wife, Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon became the Queen consort and later known as the Queen Mum.
Colin Firth plays King George VI and Helena Bonham-Carter plays the Queen consort Elizabeth. Geoffrey Rush plays Lionel Logue, a controversial speech therapist who helps Bertie with his speech. There are quite a few well-known actors playing very well-known parts: Guy Pearce (Edward VIII), Michael Gambon (George V), Timothy Spall (Winston Churchill), and Eve Best (Wallis Simpson).
I was iffy on liking the trailer until the music started toward the end. Can’t wait.
The King’s Speech is in theatres November 26, 2010.