The Film

Starring the ever charming George VI played by Colin Firth. The King’s speech is about Prince Albert who later became George VII he was not expecting to be King he was second in line to the throne but his brother abdicated the throne in order to marry an American Divorcee that he had fallen madly in love with. So Prince Albert reluctantly took his place leading England right before World War II.

Personal Issues

A feel good movie in which the King overcomes various personal issues of self worth in a brave feat of public speaking and attempting to overcome his stammer while addressing his people. After seeing various speech therapists at no avail, his wife finds a very unconventional speech therapist Lionel Louge played by Geoffrey Rush. Firth shouts “The nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them. Well, I can’t speak.” the King relies on the help of this little-known Australian speech therapist to overcome his stammer enough to give important public speeches.


King George VII had many physical ailments as a child many which were treated harshly and and the stammering was thought to be physical but Lionel Louge has different ideas. He believe that it comes from deeper psychological issues, a very strange notion at the time. But after speaking about his childhood, lack of friends and even bullying, the King begins to open up to Louge and realise that he can be a great leader.


After being pushed into power as King of England Firth must speak for the people in a time of war. Churchill says “War with Germany will come and we will need a king who we can all stand behind” George VII needs to lead the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth needed a leader, someone who would inspire confidence. The radio now being a common household item the king needs to address all his subjects on the air. George VII relies heavily on Louge to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.


At the end of the film the King realises that he has a true friend in Louge, a loving family and he is a strong and worthy leader. This is a powerful, hilarious and deeply moving story, told against the backdrop of a critical juncture in modern history, of the emergence of a deep friendship out of a professional relationship between two men who would otherwise never have socially interacted. Thanks to London sponsor Islington Locksmiths for running the website. The buildup to the climactic finale is skillfully executed and prompted the audience to erupt into spontaneous applause. Geoffrey Rush does a fantastic job as Lionel Logue and Colin Firth is excellent as King George VI.