The King’s Speech is a heart wrenching saga about King George VI which levels the playing field and portrays the royal family in a very human way. After the now infamous abdication of the throne by his older brother Edward VIII (who did so because he sought the hand of an American socialite in the midst of her second divorce which was forbidden at the time), King George, possessing a stammerous speech impediment undertakes elocution lessons from Australian language therapist, Lionel Logue in order to meet the public demands of his new found position.
This real-life drama captures the idiosyncratic growing pains of a British monarch forming a true friendship with Mr. Logue where in order for them to make progress they must approach the case as equals. Boundaries are tested and tempers flare but in the end substantial progress is made as King George VI circumnavigates the coming war with Germany and the harrowing political climate of the day while stepping into the spotlight as the peoples’ king.
This is a film that husbands and wives can enjoy together as there’s much for both sexes to appreciate.
The King’s Speech pairs nicely with a smokey Australian Shiraz and Roaring 40s Blue Cheese.