This time around, I'm gonna hit you with a period drama. The King's speech is a drama based on the true story of King George VI of the United Kingdom and focuses on his battle with a speech defect. Tom Hooper, the director, is most likely more well known in the UK than here in the US, and has come through with a gratifying view into a very important historical figure.
The story begins with some rather interesting cinematography, and we are introduced to Prince Albert, Duke of York, as he prepares at the Empie Exhibition at Wembley Stadium. As he approaches the microphone and begins his speech, his problem becomes quite obvious, he stammers. Therein lies the focus of the main plot, which is a riveting good ride.
Along the way he meets a rather interesting "doctor", Lionel Logue, an Australian whose unusual treatments allow out main character to speak with more fluidity. Lionel slowly builds a trusting friendship with George VI and leads the viewers to where most of the comedy of the film is located.Geoffrey Rush does a great job at really giving you a feel for the character, he doesn't really keep anything inside (personality wise) and wears his emotions on his sleeve.
This movie was a home-run in my book. I think it speaks to the everyman. Anyone who has ever dealt with an uphill battle, anyone who has gone toe-to-toe with their fears and never given up, will be able to take something away from this film. As a period drama, it does its part to make the importance of its time known, while showing you the much more important human side of things. This movie gets a 10/10 in my book and my highest recommendation. If you like Dramas of any nature, go see this movie!