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The King’s Speech is a tour de force of why film can be such a means of grace to us. It’s a great story, very well acted, glorifying marriage and the incredible blessing that a good friend can be. I found it very funny and very stirring to my soul.

Colin Firth plays the stammering Prince Albert, or Bertie, in 1930s England. He’ll probably win best actor for this role, he is so convincing in his struggles and exudes such a palpable heartache, yet is not merely some cheesy pitiable character. His integrity and strength are still displayed, this is no victim but a man you can identify with.

Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean, Les Miserables) is the speech therapist, Lionel Logue. Rush is so good as a man genuinely trying to be a friend, genuinely seeking the best of Bertie. He is such a good friend, getting pushed back trying to help a man way above him in public stature, dealing with his own disappointments, and ultimately someone who is extremely full of grace.

Logue (Rush) is the friend we all want to have and to be, trying to draw out the best in Bertie and help him walk in the confidence of who he truly is. He never gives up, never loses hope, always believing that Bertie can learn to speak as the man he really is.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV)

I can’t forget about Bertie’s wife either. Mary (Helena Bonham Carter) is his true partner and confidant. She believes in him, hurts with him, and displays confidence in him just as he is. Can she play two more drastically opposing characters between Mary in this film and Beatrix in Harry Potter?

I don’t want to spoil this film any further suffice to say that the final sequence of events is worth the build up of the film. Don’t pass on “The King’s Speech” if you can afford to see it in the theater, it’s worth it.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:18-20 ESV)

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