Britain’s King George VI (Colin Firth) struggles with an embarrassing stutter for years until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).
Director: Tom Hooper
STC Genre: Rites of Passage
- “Life Problem” – an embarrassing stutter
- “Wrong Way” – denying the deep psychological roots and trying to solve it mechanically
- “Acceptance” – literally accepting Lionel as a member of his family
The movie is truly remarkable in many ways. First, it is a great modern movie that holds up strong without any crutches like sex or violence. The story itself is simple yet so powerful it keeps you on the edge. Acting is awesome. Score is all classical and absolutely beautiful – who would have thought it can work so well in a 21st century movie? Camera work is bold and I’d say experimental at times. For instance, a great use of “fish eye” lens to show the emotional state of the king as he stands in front of people and feels overwhelmed by fear that he won’t be able to speak.
This will surely become another classic of the 21 century.