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The King’s Speech (2010)

UK 118m, Colour
Director: Tom Hooper; Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon

As a dramatic film, The King’s Speech is both grand in scale with respect to the historical events in which it was set, and intensely personal in reference to the members of the Royal Family. The story follows King George VI who suffered from a speech impediment and, as a result, was reluctant to take the throne when his older brother King Edward VIII abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson a divorced American woman. Despite the political importance of the characters, the film’s core is about the friendship between King George VI and his speech therapist Lionel Logue, an unorthodox practitioner who led him through a crucial speech which was broadcast at the onset of World War II. The King’s Speech is a moving and dryly humorous film which is of historical interest and wholly entertaining, which in large part is due to the brilliant performances of the principal characters (Klaus Ming February 2011).


4 comments on “The King’s Speech (2010)

  1. Dave Becker

    This year’s Oscar films are surprisingly strong. KING’S SPEECH should net Firth an award as Best Actor, and it would be very well deserved.

  2. Klaus

    From the few nominated movies i’ve seen so far – i’d have to agree. His performance was very good. I need to see a few more of the nominated performances / films – especially if i’m going to attempt a predictions post again this year.

  3. Anthony Lee Collins

    The acting was first rate. I saw it with my family, and everybody liked it but we didn’t talk about it much afterwards (except for my mother, who lived through the events in question, pointing out some fairly important historical innacuracies, which various writers including Christopher Hitchens have written about since).

    My favorite scene was Mrs. Logue coming home to find the queen in her kitchen (and then Logue being scared to go into the room). Priceless.

    It is the sort of film that I enjoy at the time, but then I start to feel worse about when it’s likely to win Best Picture, when I start to think, “Hey, it wasn’t _that_ good.”

    But even while watching it, I thought, “Hey, this is good, but it certainly is Oscar bait.”

    One fun thing about it was that I’d just seen Alice in Wonderland on DVD the day before, so it showed what a range Helena Bonham Carter has in playing two very different queens.

  4. Klaus

    “…Helena Bonham Carter has in playing two very different queens”.

    hee, hee…I hadn’t thought about that!

    While I enjoyed this movie, I also think that there should be something better out there. So far, i’ve not yet come across one from the nominees. Overall, while there are some entertaining films, I don’t think 2010 was a strong year for the movies.

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