The King's Speech

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Drama

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Posted: Tue Jan 4 2011

As attention-grabbing plotlines go, it’s hardly a world-beater: buttoned-down British royal suffers speech impediment and hires unconventional Aussie quack to conquer his fear of public oratory. So it’s thanks to the best efforts of writer David Seidler, director Tom Hooper and, especially, leads Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush that ‘The King’s Speech’ isn’t just an enlightening period drama, but a very entertaining, heartfelt and surprisingly funny crowd-pleaser with a glint of Oscar gold in its eye.

This is a film of small, precise, perfectly judged moments: while the historical backdrop could easily have made for epic overstatement and hand-wringing melodrama, Seidler and Hooper’s decision to focus their attention on the characters and on their relationships and insecurities, makes ‘The King’s Speech’ feel intimate and wholly convincing. And in structuring the plot like a sports movie, with Firth’s George VI as the plucky outsider thrust unwillingly into the ring and Rush’s Lionel Logue as the maverick coach who talks him up off the ropes, the filmmakers press all the uplifting emotional buttons which audiences respond to.

This is, at heart, an actor’s movie, and both Firth and Rush are on top form. Their scenes together, as Logue breaks the King down, trying to unearth the scared boy inside the defensive, blustering aristocrat, are a joy to behold, packed with little moments of pure performance and sly, unexpected wit.

For all its period trappings and occasionally heavy-handed Freudian psychodrama, ‘The King’s Speech’ always comes back to the unlikely friendship between two superbly sketched, immaculately played characters. By the rousing wartime finale, it’ll be a staunch, hard-hearted republican who doesn’t feel the urge to yell, ‘God save the King!’
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UK release:

Fri Jan 7, 2011

Duration:

110 mins

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Director:

Tom Hooper

Cast:

Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter

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Di

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G..Film..Brilliant in all fields... Ten.... Stars

Di

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G..Film..Brilliant in all fields... Ten.... Stars

funkoxen

i feel compelled to reply to vic as i couldnt agree with his sentiment more or his judgement of this film less. less LION IN WINTER and more MRS BROWN or LOVE ACTUALY played straight. And as for all about eve sunset boulevard and the billy wilder films with their aserbic noirish machine gun dialouge this film doesnt deserve to be mentioned in the same breath and i actaualy think inception has, with its plots within plots and scams and counter scams has a lot more in common with them than this. Ive raised my reveiw to a two star as its true id take it over Avatar (a real headbanger) and i know it annoys people to see a one star reveiw when theyve enjoyed something. im only being negative because the film is so inoffensive, neatly made, formulaicly written, two decent performances, its also dull, conservative and trite and you know how it ends from the beggining. YOU HAVE SEEN THIS FILM BEFORE, when it had ray charles in was it, or johnny cash? biopics like this are all the same.

Vic

Finally - a great film in the tradition of the lost art of superb writing (not to mention wonderful acting). I actually fell asleep in AVATAR and INCEPTION for quite some time even though the sound was close to deafening. I'm sure I didn't miss anything except a video show that became an incredible bore after five minutes. Give me films like THE KING'S SPEECH, THE LION IN WINTER, ALL ABOUT EVE, and just about anything by Billy Wilder. Hopefully Hollywood will produce entertainment in the future for an audience that misses the true meaning of "talkies". The word is the thing.

Vic

Finally - a great film in the tradition of the lost art of superb writing (not to mention wonderful acting). I actually fell asleep in AVATAR and INCEPTION for quite some time even though the sound was close to deafening. I'm sure I didn't miss anything except a video show that became an incredible bore after five minutes. Give me films like THE KING'S SPEECH, THE LION IN WINTER, ALL ABOUT EVE, and just about anything by Billy Wilder. Hopefully Hollywood will produce entertainment in the future for an audience that misses the true meaning of "talkies". The word is the thing.

funkoxen

how can this film possibly be getting the praise and the awards in the same year as inception. Same old rubbish, fluffy royals, a little disability, even a completly hypocritical hint of the holocaust = cynical english oscar gold. Its a made for tv movie self inflated. Disney world uk all chinless aristos and formidable dames. Wait two months youll be able to get this and two more " modern british classics" for a fiver. sorry to be harsh.

JOHN Timlin

I thought it was a great film, but after seeing 'The real Kings Speech' on the TV, I wondered what had happened to the studio hairdresserThe real. King George has a neat Eton crop with a high parting rather than vavy thick locks

Gill B

Fantastic. Best film I have seen in a long long time. Totally recommend it.

Gill B

Fantastic. Best film I have seen in a long long time. Totally recommend it.

matty

Based on wonderful reviews, off I went to see this movie. So boring. The acting is truly good otherwise that movie and its ludicrous little plot would probably have gone straight to DVD. Like Sam I kept thinking of the Emperor's new clothes. Is it the impeding wedding that makes us so gaga over the Royals and their "problems" again. "My nanny used to pinch me" said Colin Firth. Anybody else would have had the audience rolling in the aisles.

Sam

The King's New Clothes - more like. I feel about this film a bit like the way the late Frank Grimes (Grimesy to his friends) felt about Homer Simpson. Didn't anybody else find it annoying? Its cliched, predictable and manipulative and preposterous - the Nazis were defeated because the king got rid of his stammer!

Craigganmore

I totally agree with Critique. An adequate film but, familiar in the resumes of Mr Firth and Ms Bonham Carter, totally devoid of any real world grounding and the acting is similarly ethereal and unsubstantial. Except for Geoffrey Rush who saves the film by showing everybody else in the film how to Act, this film is surprisingly average given its media coverage (and its TimeOut review). Not that I feel I hold any more authority because of it, I have a stammer and I felt no empathy with Colin Firth's character. A Golden Globe seem easier to get than a cold these days...

critique

This film has been seriously over-hyped. It is competently made and decently acted but is no better than an above average made for television drama. Wish I`d waited for it to turn up on Film Four.

Hannah

Completely engrossing, not as patriotic as I feared and amazing acting. Warm and fuzzy feeling felt very justified.

cappybear

Excellent performances and a real period feel easily compensated for an occasional liberty with the facts. If Firth and Rush don't win oscars, there ain't no justice.

Valerie Millin

I abasolutely loved the film: Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were brilliant: I cried and laughed and thought about the film for days after! a really fine, British drama.. I am going to see it again tonight with my sister, who has already seen it 3 times!!!!

Valerie Millin

I abasolutely loved the film: Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were brilliant: I cried and laughed and thought about the film for days after! a really fine, British drama.. I am going to see it again tonight with my sister, who has already seen it 3 times!!!!

kaz

Superb in every sense of the word, acting, script, costume design, attention to detail.An old fashioned drama real quality film making at it's best. Firth and Rush both outstanding and both worthy of oscars. Excelllent supporting cast and great to see Helena B.C returning to a costume drama and not the recent dross she's done with Tim Burton. I love it when the audience applauds at the end of a movie not often that happens! Go see and be proud to be british.

kaz

Superb in every sense of the word, acting, script, costume design, attention to detail.An old fashioned drama real quality film making at it's best. Firth and Rush both outstanding and both worthy of oscars. Excelllent supporting cast and great to see Helena B.C returning to a costume drama and not the recent dross she's done with Tim Burton. I love it when the audience applauds at the end of a movie not often that happens! Go see and be proud to be british.

CHAS M

A film that hold the audience's attention from start to finish and will play very well on both sides of the pond.The authenticity of the sets and period detail compliment the superb acting performances especially by Colin Firth.I previously thought Colin Firth lacked depth - how wrong I was! A must see for all ages.

CHAS M

A film that hold the audience's attention from start to finish and will play very well on both sides of the pond.The authenticity of the sets and period detail compliment the superb acting performances especially by Colin Firth.I previously thought Colin Firth lacked depth - how wrong I was! A must see for all ages.

Yasu

The beauty of this story is that it focuses on character and instead of wasting time on annoying and irrelevant romantic subplots, focuses right on the core point of the movie. This is of course, Bertie's speech impediment. It is probably not a film for the fans of the California-drenched "comedy" films which delight in regurgitating the same plotline under slightly different circumstances, and so some audiences may not appreciate the intelligence or subtlety. This is a film that has strength in dialogue and script so doesn't need snazzy effects to win the audience or compensate for bad plot.

Yasu

The beauty of this story is that it focuses on character and instead of wasting time on annoying and irrelevant romantic subplots, focuses right on the core point of the movie. This is of course, Bertie's speech impediment. It is probably not a film for the fans of the California-drenched "comedy" films which delight in regurgitating the same plotline under slightly different circumstances, and so some audiences may not appreciate the intelligence or subtlety. This is a film that has strength in dialogue and script so doesn't need snazzy effects to win the audience or compensate for bad plot.

Mimi

I didn't think this would be my type of film ... thank goodness I went with my partner to see it! Wonderful film - totally engrossing - I both laughed and cried. I've never seen my local cinemas so pac ked and deservedly so.

Mimi

I didn't think this would be my type of film ... thank goodness I went with my partner to see it! Wonderful film - totally engrossing - I both laughed and cried. I've never seen my local cinemas so pac ked and deservedly so.

Barry

I could not get in at the 5pm showing today (Sunday) word must have got out, that this is film making at its best. No need for special effects here, just actors and film makers producing an outstnding film

Barry

I could not get in at the 5pm showing today (Sunday) word must have got out, that this is film making at its best. No need for special effects here, just actors and film makers producing an outstnding film

Ian

A beautiful film, great acting, humour, pathos, raw emotion against a backdrop of world shaking events and a behind the arras peek at Royalty. A crowd pleaser? You bet. I was in the crowd and I was pleased

Ian

A beautiful film, great acting, humour, pathos, raw emotion against a backdrop of world shaking events and a behind the arras peek at Royalty. A crowd pleaser? You bet. I was in the crowd and I was pleased

June F

Absolutely magnificent film from start to finish. The acting is superb, particularly from Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush who are outstanding and deserve Oscars for their portrayals. I laughed and cried and was enthralled by it and came away feeling proud to be British.

June F

Absolutely magnificent film from start to finish. The acting is superb, particularly from Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush who are outstanding and deserve Oscars for their portrayals. I laughed and cried and was enthralled by it and came away feeling proud to be British.

scrumpyjack

Excellent, as expected. But any more? No. Two excellent films (127 hours) in a week - both Brit directed. This years got off to a VERY fine start......8/10

Hassan

Fantastic movie from start to finish. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are extremely well cast, and both deliver oscar winning performances. I thoroughly recommend this film to anyone who appreciates good acting and wants to see a real movie that keeps you gripped throughout and stays with you when you leave the cinema, unlike the majority of sub standard productions coming out of Hollywood these days.

Hassan

Fantastic movie from start to finish. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are extremely well cast, and both deliver oscar winning performances. I thoroughly recommend this film to anyone who appreciates good acting and wants to see a real movie that keeps you gripped throughout and stays with you when you leave the cinema, unlike the majority of sub standard productions coming out of Hollywood these days.

PAUL

Amazing film ....history in the making should get an Oscar ..we loved it

PAUL

Amazing film ....history in the making should get an Oscar ..we loved it

Jeremy Vevers

This very well crafted film has so much tension in it mainly in the physical tension held by Colin Firth in a brilliant portrayal of this shy man at a crucial time in this nation's history. The audience that we were in were mainly of the generation that might well have remembered the king. Hopefully those who are younger will also see it as it shows just how the solid ship of state can look a bit rickety sometimes and still survive.

Jeremy Vevers

This very well crafted film has so much tension in it mainly in the physical tension held by Colin Firth in a brilliant portrayal of this shy man at a crucial time in this nation's history. The audience that we were in were mainly of the generation that might well have remembered the king. Hopefully those who are younger will also see it as it shows just how the solid ship of state can look a bit rickety sometimes and still survive.

Mike

Firth’s definitely the shining star in this movie – great acting. Helena BC seems to try too hard with her accent at the start of the film – it’s distracting and unconvincing. Also, her lines seem a little unrealistic – would the QM really have said “It’s Ma’am - as in ham� when correcting someone over how she should be addressed? Guy Pearce is well chosen as Edward. Timothy Spall is dreadful as Churchill – he’s a great actor, but badly cast here. I hope Geoffrey Rush is nominated for best supporting actor at the Globes and Oscars, as he is excellent as Lionel Logue – a part very well scripted. . Possibly 5 to 10 minutes could have fallen on the cutting room floor. Great photography, and some breathtaking settings. On the whole, excellent - a really, really good film for a change.

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