Tongue-Tied: England’s King George VI (Colin Firth, left) overcomes a debilitating stutter with the help of unconventional therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).

The King’s Speech

Directed by Tom Hooper

The King's Speech is the latest in a long line of "there'll always be an England" movies. These are films—sometimes historical, oftentimes epic—that celebrate the grit and determination of the former British Empire: Lawrence fighting for right over might in Arabia, an outnumbered band of pith-helmeted Brits warding off Zulu warriors, a stiff-upper-lipped POW major building a too-sturdy bridge over the River Kwai. It is also the latest in an equally long line of British monarch movies, which run the gamut from mocking the madness of King George III and gasping at the villainy of Richard III to celebrating the bravery of Henry V as he rallies his troops on St. Crispin's Day.

 

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