Plot Summary: The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: David Seidler (screenplay)
Stars: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi
Serious Jest: (Worth Watching) Even having dated a speech therapist for a while, I was not extremely excited about watching what I thought would be stuffy Oscar bait about an early-20th-century British royal stutterer. The film was a little stuffy, it was definitely (succesful) Oscar bait, and it was about a stammering duke and his petulant speech therapist (who was nowhere near as hot as the one I dated). However, it was extremely well-acted, well-written, well-filmed…and just overall well-done. This movie will hold your attention and teach you some history you may not already know. It is very-much worth the 2 hours to watch, although the subject matter doesn’t exactly make it a Must See…unless you’re a 20th-century-British-history buff.