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Monday, January 10, 2011

The King's Speech

Directed by: Tom Hooper
UK release date:Jan 07 2011
UK release date:Dec 10 2010
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Guy Pearce

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He said:

This is not a film I felt any sort of impulse to see upon first hearing it being discussed. The subject matter to me seemed uninteresting and not at all suited to be a feature length film. Helen on the other hand, has been eagerly awaiting it's release as it is one of her most anticipated films this month.

As an American living in England I am less than casually inundated with little bits of English history on a daily basis. There are very few times that the subject of World War II comes up and it is even more rare that I hear anything more on this moment in history than the fact that the US was a few years late to the big show.

The King's Speech tells what was to me, before last night, an unknown prologue to England entering World War II. England was dealing with having lost two Monarchs within less than a year and just getting to know King George VI. This film weaves so many threads of stories together that it is a true credit to director Tom Hooper that the audience never feels rushed, lost or confused.

There are several outstanding performances in this film, but they all pale in comparison to the Colin Firth's performance of King "Bertie" George VI. Firth manages to portray the King with the strength of Royalty and the frailty of man. The more I think about this film the more I realize how much I enjoyed it. I give it {{{4.5 out of 5}}}

She said:

I heard amazing things about this film before I even saw the trailer, and so was expecting great things. When I did get to see the trailer I couldn't wait to get to the cinema and watch what looked to be a masterpiece. My impressions and expectations were met with ease; this film is fantastic.

As someone who has always suffered with issues of confidenceand self esteem I am always drawn toward scenarios where public figures are shown in their most vulnerable state. Selfishly it makes me feel better abut myself. Humbly it makes me realise that we are all human.

The King's Speech showed a man crippled with a speech impediment that was not just a public figure, but that would soon be King and lead a nation during a World War. It was always going to be an incredibly complex role to play with the pressures 'Bertie' faced but Colin Firth really did give the performance of a lifetime. I would be surprised if he isn't nominated for both an Oscar and a Bafta. For that matter Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush (who I'd like to see get best supporting) were also impeccible.

Overall this to me was a film about self belief and despite being about the Royal family it was something I could very easily relate to. I am so impressed by this film and its elegant soundtrack. I give it {{{5 out of 5}}}

They said: This is a must see film and is likely to be a heavy contender during this year's award season. Whether you see it as a history lesson or a philanthropic discovery you can't deny this film is a masterpiece. We give it [[[9.5 out of 10]]]

Question of the day: Are than any other films that have changed your perspective on a well known moment in history?


  1. I loved this film. Although I like Colin Firth I have never rated him as top class actor up there with the greats but he was amazing in this film. If you think you won't like it because it's a historical film I can assure you, you will. To answer the question, Zulu.

  2. Firth's performance was truly excellent, you really felt the pain of every stammer, he portrayed George VI excellently. I can see Rush getting best supporting for this too, a great performance and while Helena was also excellent I think overall her lack of screen time might relegate her from a deserved award. Definitely a 10/10 movie for me.