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The King's Speech

A movie directed by Tom Hooper

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Find your voice

  • Jan 5, 2011
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+5
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 is Oscar worthy, I doubt it will win, but I do believe Colin Firth in the lead role as the Duke of York and Geoffrey Rush in the supporting role of Lionel Logue who helps him with his speech defect have to be odds-on favorites.

Before the declarations of the war that we know as World War II, Hitler was marching across Europe, and England needed a strong leader to stand behind the Continent to stand up to the bully.  King George was in declining health, and his next in line Edward was enthralled with a divorced American socialite--three strikes and he was out, choosing love over diplomacy.   Guy Pearce does a fine job portraying the difficulty of sublimating personal conflict to royal demand.

Leaving his younger brother the Duke of York (affectionately but painfully called Bertie by his family), who we learn in the Kings Speech has a crushing speech impediment.  The early scenes of public speaking trials seem as awkward for the movie audience as they must have to the national audiences he was addressing.  But we get to see that off the platform the Duke is a potential leader, with well-formed opinions, clear thinking, and a loving wife and children behind him. 

So, meet Lionel Logue (Rush), who will help the Duke overcome his impediment.  The interplay between Firth, Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Duchess seems natural and realistic, casual as only royalty can be when talking to royalty, but at the same time condescending, awkward, and sometimes charmingly naive when dealing with the common folk--which without a doubt include the rubber-faced but inimitable Rush.  The movie does a great job balancing the historical drive of events and the personal effect of men and women on the drive of history.

The ending is predictable, but watching adults acting with an adult script is an amazing and you'll reflect while watching this movie too-rare pleasure.  Just watching the trailer before I saw the movie I was moved to laugh out loud and nearly to tears, and the movie doesn't disappoint.  The Kings Speech and True Grit will remind you why you love watching moving pictures in the dark.

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review by . January 03, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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 . December 15, 2010
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review by . February 01, 2011
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**** 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
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review by . December 17, 2010
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“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 …
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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.


The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped George VI overcome a stammer. Filming commenced in the United Kingdom in November 2009. The film is set for a limited release in the United States on 26 November 2010

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, for musical or comedy, are the Lewis Carroll fantasy "Alice in Wonderland," the song-and-dance extravaganza "Burlesque," the lesbian-family tale "The Kids Are All Right," the action tale "Red" and the romantic thriller "The Tourist."
"The Social Network" and "The Fighter" tied for second with six nominations each. Among nominations for ...

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Director: Tom Hooper
Genre: Drama, History
Release Date: 24 December 2010 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: David Seidler
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
Runtime: 118 min
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
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