The movie is the real life story of King George VI of Britain. He was the brother of King Edward VIII, who was the next in line for the throne. However, Edward VIII fell in love with a divorced American named Wallis Simpson. Since marrying a divorced “commoner” would have been scandalous at the time, he abdicated the throne so that he could marry her. Thus, his brother, George VI had to take over the throne. Edward the VI was a quiet man who never planned to ascend to the throne, and he had a speech problem that made it difficult for people to see him as a strong leader. All the doctors that he saw at the time had no idea how to help him with his problem with stammering so his wife found a “speech therapist”, Lionel Loque, to help him with his problem. Lionel was from Australia, and he had helped some of the soldiers there recover from battle, and he had a lot of new ideas about how to help. The movie is the story of how Lionel helped the King which was important since George VI took over during the beginning of World War II. He is the father of Elizabeth II, who is the reigning monarch of Britain now.
The movie stars Colin Firth as George VI, Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Loque, Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, and Guy Pearce as Edward VIII. I recommend this movie because it is an excellent movie and it shows a very human side of the royal family which you don’t see most of the time. After all, the royal family members are human just like the rest of the humans. I would have liked a bit more emphasis on the royal dogs, but all in all, it was still excellent. Every movie can’t be Marmaduke.
For those of you who might really like this subject, there is another movie made in 2002 entitled “Bertie and Elizabeth” which was a “made for television” movie that deals with the same subject.
I give this movie 3 paws up and a tail wag which means that according to Jeff’s human movie rating system (which is not as good as my dog system in my opinion), I would give it an 8 out of 10.