This story actually bears repeating. As I mentioned, period dramas don’t usually ring my bell but damned if this one doesn’t have my wee heart swelling. If only the stupid bastards would cut out the cheesy music; that’s the part that squeezes on whatever section of the brain causes emotion and makes me want to run out and kill someone. I don’t like being manipulated and that music has Emotional Manipulation Attempt (EMA) written all over it. But still, the film also has Geoffrey Rush being his delightful self, Colin Firth in top form and Helena Bonham Carter finally out of both her hobo and goth ensembles. What more could we ask?
The quick run-down again is King George VI (Firth) has been thrust into Kingdom after his brother abdicated the throne. The new leader must overcome a speech impediment in order to lead his country to war with Nazi Germany. His wife (Bonham Carter) parades through several therapists to no avail; enter Lionel Logue (Rush) and his merry methods to presumably save the day.
The Kings Speech opens November 26, 2010
And in completely related and very important news (Sharktopuses have speech issues too), let us not forget this is Sharktopus weekend. Saturday night, 9 pm EST.