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The King's Speech

42 Ratings: 4.1
A movie directed by Tom Hooper

The King's Speech is a British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper from a script by David Seidler. The movie won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award.   … see full wiki

Director: Tom Hooper
Genre: Drama, History
Release Date: 24 December 2010 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
20 reviews about The King's Speech
review by . January 03, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
4 ½ Stars: Everyone Has The Right To Be Heard!
Stories about friendship and courage. They are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser whose stories have been told in various different ways. It is just something that people need to be told from time to time that I doubt anyone would grow tired of it. Well, director Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival People’s choice award and it tells about the true story of a King George VI who overcame something very significant in the face of a …
review by . April 23, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I was not familar with the story of George VI until I saw this amazing film. Apparently George had a terrible stuttering problem until one day his wife took him to the home of a commoner in the basement floors of a building. At first George is reluctant to give the man a chance. His father and just about everyone else had sent him to "experts' with no success. One such "expert" wanted him to smoke to "sooth the lungs" and talk with marbles in his mouth. None of these things worked.    George …
review by . May 02, 2011
"I've been terribly busy."   "Doing what?"   "Kinging."      The King's Speech, a man at battle with himself a very unlikable man at that. Perhaps sympathy for one of the luckiest men to walk our mortal Earth is at times absent, yet The King's Speech manages to humanise one of closest things to a living God. Yes, you either love, or hate the reigning powers of the British Royals, but how satisfying it is to see one …
review by . January 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
There is a pivotal moment in the King's Speech that just speaks volumes about what the movie is about and what it means.  It's a scene where Bertie (also known as a King George VI)I--a man with a stammering problem--is standing there with Lionel, his speech therapist, and Lionel puts a headset on him and plays music and instructs Bertie to read a passage out of Hamlet.  While the music is playing you can't hear him, he can't even hear himself.  Lionel records it for …
review by . January 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
A King's birthright
It was a little slow at the beginning but the movie picks up lots of momentum towards the end. The true story of a royalty's speech impediment. Had he been just another prince, then it's no big deal. But the moment that his brother abdicated the throne and he was made king, it's a major problem!      What made this movie success is not so much the story nor is it the overcoming of a handicap. True, they are part of what make a story. However, I believe it is the acting …
review by . January 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Don't miss this movie just because its not gotten a wide release.  Here in Raleigh, NC, it isn't playing at any of the multi-screen multiplexes, which actually gives you a great excuse to see a movie in an old-fashioned single-screen movie house like the Rialto in Raleigh (an excellent movie-going experience in itself).      And what a movie this is.  It is certain to get nominations for best movie, actor, and supporting actor.  While I think the movie …
review by . December 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The British monarchy tale "The King's Speech" led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honours for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.Other best-drama nominees were the psychosexual dance thriller "Black Swan," the boxing saga "The Fighter," the sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" and the Facebook chronicle "The Social Network." Nominees in the Globes' other best-picture category, …
review by . February 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****     There are few stories without an enemy; and few films without a flaw. Yes, history has proved me somewhat wrong and there are indeed MANY great, flawless films, but seldom do they come along each weekend. So when they do come along, there is reason to celebrate. "The King's Speech" is an absolutely fantastic portrait of the Duke of York, who was King George V's son. If there is a villain in this very story, it is the flaws of the Duke/Albert. He is to become …
review by . January 01, 2011
I can enjoy fine movies with minimalist acting. Where the actors spend a lot of time saying nothing, but looking very serious, or hurt, or angry or whatever. The kind of the thing that lots of young American actors like to do these days. Where emotions are bottled up. This can be very effective.     But sometimes, you just want to have a good, old-fashioned wallow in the kind of meaty, no-holds barred acting that, frankly, the British do best. And the best, most satisfying example …
review by . January 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   Speech impediments are a horrible thing to deal with, I’d imagine. And I’d imagine they are far, far worse if you’re the titular leader of 1/4 of the world. That’s the situation faced by King George VI in The King’s Speech. George VI (Colin Firth), called “Bertie” through most of the film, was never meant to be king. His brother, David, was the one who was meant to be king, but no one, including his father, seemed to feel he was up to the …
review by . December 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
“The King’s Speech” is the one of the few films I know of to humanize the embarrassment of stuttering. It tells the story of Prince Albert, Duke of York, who, following the death of his father and the resignation of his older brother, became King George VI and had the unenviable task of leading England and its many colonies into World War II; although he had a voice and had plenty to say, his debilitating stammer made it virtually impossible to actually say it. Imagine what that …
review by . January 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Well if this isn't Oscar bait I don't know what is. A movie about the British monarchs that comes out in December. The only thing that is holding it back from pure gold is that it is actually doing well in the box office, people are going to see it.      It seems that come award season a couple movies always make it across the pond and infiltrate the system. This movie follows the same formula as the ones before it. It humanizes the monarch while still telling a story …
review by . January 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   What an extraordinary piece of filmmaking. Tom Hooper took the interesting story of King George VI of Britain (Colin Firth) struggle for regaining trust in his own voice. Knowledgeable of King George's stammer, his wife, Queen Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) appealed to some local and relatively unknown speech therapist by the name of Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). As a short history brief I could add that the Duke of York by the real name of Albert Frederick Arthur George became …
review by . February 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Even Kings have obstacles to overcome
The story opens in 1925, as the Duke of York (aka "Bertie" to his family), played by Colin Firth, is about to give a speech. It's torture for him, as he is shy and is nearly unable to speak because he stammers so badly. Still, he takes some comfort in the fact that he'll never have to be King since he has an older brother, the playboy prince known as "David." Bertie's beloved wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) engages the services of an elocution therapist and …
review by . September 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Perfectly Put
THE KING’S SPEECH   Written by David Seidler   Directed by Tom Hooper   Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter      King George VI: Waiting for me to commence a conversation, one can wait a rather long wait.      When a king speaks, he must command attention.  Though the British monarchy may be more iconography than anything else at this point in history, people will still look to their royal leader …
review by . January 31, 2011
"The King's Speech" is the true story of George VI (Colin Firth), who was King of the United Kingdom starting in 1936. The title refers to a radio speech which George made in 1939 to announce the British declaration of war against Germany at the start of World War II.      When the film begins, George is still named Albert (he goes by "Bertie") and he's only the Duke of York. His mean old father George V is the current king and his older brother Edward …
Quick Tip by . January 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
A couple of my friends and I went into The King's Speech expecting a serious, dry historical melodrama, but we came out of the theatre inspired and laughing.      The film tells the story of the Duke of York's unexpected ascension to the throne becoming King George VI and how as WWII loomed nearer and nearer, the King had to overcome a terrible fear of public speaking caused by a strong speech impediment and a stutter. What's unique about this is that we are given …
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
Great film! This movie should bring home all the Oscars.
Quick Tip by . January 22, 2011
Really lovely movie with outstanding performances by Colin Firth as King George VI (aka Bertie), who suffered from a stammer, and Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist. I found it an enjoyable blend of humor, pathos, history and drama. While tragic, it was interesting to see how Bertie was treated as "less than" from early in life by his father the King, his older brother (heir to the throne) and even by his nanny and how that came to form who he was and how he thought of himself.
Quick Tip by . January 02, 2011
This is a brilliant film on many levels. Cinematically, you can see that the director clearly spent a fair amount of time deliberately structuring shots thematically, and, if anything, that may be the only shortcoming to the film (the visual narrative almost 'intrudes' on the viewing experience a few times, though I'm not entirely certain it could've been accomplished any more organically). Otherwise, wonderful performances all around, and the film maintains a unique voice all of its own as it peels …
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