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The King's Speech (2010)

Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Eve Best

Director(s): Tom Hooper

Language: English

Genre: Social Drama

Synopsis

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). Afte... [Get complete synopsis]

 

motleymitch wrote on January 21, 2011, 10:46 pm
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What sounds like a boring, dull film on paper here translates into a superbly executed tête-à-tête performance between Firth and Rush. Proof that if a good script is given to good actors, the most mundane of topics can be given life and involve the audience, invoking sympathy, laughter & understanding for two very different characters and how they bond in such a unique situation.
Supporting cast is great all around, but I expect Oscar nods here for both Firth and Rush (and personally would love to see Rush win an Oscar for this). There isn't much else to say, the film is very straightforward and masterfully executed and a delight to watch.

Deril wrote on January 26, 2011, 1:17 pm
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Couldn't agree more with with. I watched it because it's been getting such rave reviews, but thought I really wouldn't enjoy it (like the English Patient). I thought it was exceptional and Mitch hits the nail on the head. Great script + great acting talents = great movie. Rush is a stand out for me and deserves the Oscar. Worth the watch.

Jefferygn wrote on April 26, 2011, 9:02 am
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Terrific movie, no doubt about it.

However, some minor quibbles with some of the editing, which seemed a bit clunky at times (in particular some of the conversations between Rush and Firth).

Also, not that Firth didn't deserve the Oscar in, but his performance in A Single Man last year was actually better.

Nonetheless, a terrific film, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Papamikey wrote on July 26, 2011, 8:28 am
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Not much I can add to the above - I went in with pretty much NO expectations (as I've disappointed myself in the past by raising the bar for "Well Reviewed" films) - and it was incredible.

I personally could have done away with ANY and all interaction with other characters (the wife, King George, his mum, etc.) and just watched 2 hours of Firth and Rush talking with one another (My Dinner With Andre 2?) - amazing back and forth.

And hey, it pretty much starred the ENTIRE cast of Harry Potter! There's Dumbledore! There's Wormtail! And Bellatrix!

NERD!!

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