Begoña and I went to see The King’s Speech today. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I highly recommend it. What impressed me most was the ability of this movie to convey a great number of emotions from a relatively simple storyline and a stunning performance of Colin Firth with no disrespect to Geoffrey Rush.
‘After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.
Based on the true story of King George V, THE KING’S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch’s quest to find his voice.’
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My rating 8/10.
4 thoughts on “The King’s Speech (2010)”
>I concur wholeheartedly Jose Ignacio – a brilliant movie. I tend not to go to the movies much these days (I wait for DVDs 'cos I'd rather not put up with the irritating habits of other movie goers using their phones and talking and all of that) but I had heard such good things about this one and it did live up to they hype. As you say it was such a simple story really but very compelling. And imagine – a movie with no explosions, no CGI, no violence, no sex scenes and it kept a full movie theatre transfixed the entire time!
>José Ignacio – I am so very glad you enjoyed this movie. It takes real talent to create a compelling movie that doesn't rely on those old standbys of sex, gore, chase scenes and so on. Amazing when it is done well.
>I have a rule of avoiding anything to do with the royal family – film, book, event, etc, which has served me well over the years. But your review makes me consider changing my mind! Possibly because I actually live in the UK (and know the story well, obviously, without seeing the movie) where it is hard to avoid all this constant, excessive media interest in what seems to be a fairly ordinary family, the topic just does not seem that compelling. Thanks for the great review, and I'm glad you enjoyed the film. And a very happy new year to you and your family.Best wishesMaxine.
>Maxine, the monarchy seems to me an inconsistency in current times, but I like history and I hope the film won't disappoint you.