Jan 232011
 
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

Did ya’ll get the opportunity to watch the Golden Globes last weekend?  I sure hope you did, because it was actually a great showing this year. Especially with Ricky Gervais as the host, but that’s another story.
 
If you did happen to watch the awards show, you would have noticed that this movie called “The King’s Speech” racked up a bunch of nominations, actually the most of any movie there.  The film also scored a Golden Globe win for Colin Firth as best actor.
 
“The King’s Speech” follows the actions of the Prince Albert (who became King George VI) but not at the height of his power.  Instead, director Tom Hooper depicts the king’s struggle to overcome a speech impediment.  Or as Firth so eloquently states, “I BLOODY WELL STAMMER!”

To alleviate his speech problem, the king’s wife (Queen Elizabeth) hires Lionel Logue, a bumbling speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush.  Logue puts the less-than-eager king through a bizarre training program that tests both his speaking ability and his patience.

The training method consists of drills that have the queen sitting on her husband’s stomach while he’s doing breathing exercises or having the king curse to his heart’s content in order to retain speech fluency.  

Sure, I know that a lot of you out there are thinking that a movie about a guy overcoming a speech impediment sounds just as exciting as pulling teeth, but hear me out.  The tone of the film and the charm of its characters win you over and make you invested in their success.
 
If nothing else, it’s certainly a telling feat that the movie causes you to cheer for a character delivering a speech as if they were a star athlete playing in a football game.  Or should I say football match?

Expect Firth to win the Academy Award for best actor next month.

“The King’s Speech” is rated R for a slew of profanities and the capacity to emotionally move people through inspirational rhetoric.

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