A LIFE AFFIRMING FILM ABOUT FAMILY, FRIENDS AND DUTY

Michael Medved

1/25/2011 2:52:25 PM - Michael Medved

Millions of moviegoers have felt uplifted by the remarkable film “The King’s Speech,” an obvious frontrunner at the Academy Awards. The movie tells the true story of George VI of Britain, who struggled with a serious stammer until, with help from an unconventional speech therapist, he managed to rally his people during World War II. Aside from superb acting by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, the film highlights the King’s devoted wife, played by Helena Bonham Carter, and two adorable daughters, one of whom is the current Queen Elizabeth. It provides an emotional high by conveying life’s two greatest joys: the blessings of friendship and family, as well as the thrill of rising to the occasion and doing your duty for a greater cause. Though rated R for brief harsh language, few artistic experiences offer a more affirmative message.