The King's Speech
Directed by Tom Hooper
Well, I can certainly relate to this one, as public speaking has always been a source of terror for me. I don't stutter, but I do turn bright red and start shaking. I also don't have Colin Firth's raw animal magnetism to get me through. It pleased me that the main character seemed more warier of public speaking than going to war. He's clearly my British patronus.
Basically, Colin Firth plays George VI/Albert (because England is strange). Albert has a terrible stammer, so his wife persuades him to see Lionel Logue, an unconventional Australian speech therapist. When his brother abdicates the throne, it becomes essential for Albert to be molded into a strong leader.
I know that was kind of vague, but I am not sure what constitutes as spoilers with biographical dramas. I will say that the entire time I was wishing I was watching a movie about Edward VIII's abdication, as that seemed far more interesting to me. I mean, this guy gave up his throne for a woman. I can't even get guys to open doors for me.
Regardless, this was a pretty great film. Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter were both incredible, of course, although I didn't find their chemistry completely believable. It certainly wasn't the most gripping movie I've seen but it was fairly inspirational.
The speech the King delivers in the movie is only 2/3rds of the original.