The King's Speech

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The King's Speech
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!’

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Release date: Friday January 7 2011
Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Colin Firth
Geoffrey Rush
Helena Bonham Carter

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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I knew a little about this story from when the film originally came out. However I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

Colin Firth puts a fantastic performance in as Bertie. This tells the story of the stammer that Bertie has when talking. His wife goes out to find a speech therapist and after a little resilience Bertie strikes up a great working friendship with his therapist to help his stammer ready for big speeches.

The story follows the history of when England went to war with Germany.

I strongly recommend this film


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


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.


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


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


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.


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!!!!


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!!!!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


Excellent film. British cinema at its best. Firth and Rush must be in line for Oscars. Don't miss it.


Excellent film. British cinema at its best. Firth and Rush must be in line for Oscars. Don't miss it.


A superb film! Colin firth deserves every bit ofan award. Nice to see the cinema goers clapp at the end.says it all.!


A superb film! Colin firth deserves every bit ofan award. Nice to see the cinema goers clapp at the end.says it all.!


The film is magnificent from start to finish. I saw this at the London BFI festival. I laughed, I cried, I did not fidget once. Colin is amazing and the other players in the film are outstanding. One of Geoffrey Rush' best performances. A shout out should also go to the screenwriter David Seidler (spelling?) and the director Tom Hoooper. Entrancing!


The film is magnificent from start to finish. I saw this at the London BFI festival. I laughed, I cried, I did not fidget once. Colin is amazing and the other players in the film are outstanding. One of Geoffrey Rush' best performances. A shout out should also go to the screenwriter David Seidler (spelling?) and the director Tom Hoooper. Entrancing!


SPLENDID!. THIS IS AN INTIMATE, WELL-CRAFTED, EMOTIONAL BUT WITH RESTRAINT MOVIE. THE ACTING IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. HOWEVER, THIS KIND OF FILMS ARE MARKETED TO A SPECIFIC AUDIENCE. SO, IF YOU HAVE THE CURIOSITY AND THE HISTORIC INTEREST JUST GO AND ENJOY IT !.

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