The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The King's Speech

Prince Albert (Colin Firth), the second son of England's King George V, has stuttered since he was a young boy. As a young man, he is deeply embarrassed when he has to give a brief speech at the opening of the 1925 British Empire Exhibition.

Knowing that he is too proud to seek help, his wife (Helena Bonham Carter) makes an appointment to see Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a speech therapist from Australia known for his unorthodox methods.

In his first session with Prince Albert, he sets down his principle of "my castle, my rules."

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter
Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter star in The King's Speech, which follows the monarch's quest to find his voice.

Tom Hooper directs this Academy Award-caliber movie with just the right mixture of sobriety, humor and emotional catharsis.

Screenwriter David Sealer does a commendable job teaching us things we didn't know about stuttering, both its causes and challenges.

But the movie really revolves around the unfolding friendship between the temperamental Albert, who eventually becomes king, and the oddball speech therapist. It takes a lot of hard work for Albert to claim his own voice. And it is the patience, playfulness and encouragement that comes his way from Logue that is most helpful and healing for him (Weinstein Co., R — some language).


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