4/26/11

The King's Speech

I don't generally bother with movie reviews these days unless it's exceptional, but I am making that exception for The King's Speech.


We finally got to see this last night after our copy arrived in the post. Remember I live out in the back of beyond out here, our closest cinema is a 25 minute drive away and it was closed down awhile ago due to unpaid taxes! Needless to say, this wasn't a problem I faced back in Blighty when a movie I really wanted to see was released.

Anyway I digress.... what a wonderful and uplifting movie, also surprisingly it made us laugh out loud many times. It deserved every plaudits and award it has received and probably a few it didn't as well. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are both wonderful as the soon to be King and his unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue.

This was also a very interesting but sad time in British history. I remember my late grandma telling me, that King Edward VIII's abdication over Wallis Simpson almost brought the nation to it's knees collectively, and this was closely followed by the declaration of war against Germany. I also read the Queen Mother (played by the wonderful Helena Bonham Carter) never forgave Berties brother for abdicating and forcing him onto a throne he never wanted, and she was convinced it was that stress that ended his life so prematurely.

All this history and the special relationship and trust these two men develop, make this a thoroughly absorbing and fascinating film, we both highly recommend.

13 comments:

Kay said...

I loved the movie, too and looked up more information on its history. I was surprised to see how good looking the real Lionel Logue was. It was also nice to find out they really did have a friendship that lasted beyond that time. I always loved Colin Firth. I like him even more now.

Mom in High Heels said...

I.LOVE.THIS.MOVIE!!!! I went on and on about in on my blog a while back (before and after the Oscars). It was truly a good movie. We LOL's several times. It was also heartbreaking in some scenes for many reasons. I felt so sorry for Bertie. Colin Firth rocked that role though (he completely deserved that Oscar), as did Helena Bonham-Carter as Elizabeth. If David (Edward) hadn't abdicated though, we wouldn't have a big royal wedding to watch on Friday. I'm so going to be watching!

Kat said...

I just watched this movie on Monday and it was absolutely brilliant. So glad that I bought it on DVD rather than renting it!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It was a great movie. I loved it.

Florence and Mary said...

I'm so glad you've finally seen the film, it is fantastic isn't it!

Victoria xx

Daryl said...

I loved it so much I've watched it twice now .. and I strong object to its been released with all the naughty words replaced .. the whole point of those words was they helped Bertie get past his stutter .. to revise the movie that way is just wrong.

gigihawaii said...

OK you have convinced me to rent it.

Linda Reeder said...

We really liked this movie, too, and enjoyed getting a dose of history along with a good story.

Star said...

yes, I totally agree. I loved it too.
Also loved The Black Swan, superb, supernatural arty farty film.

Iota said...

It's fantastic, isn't it? I've seen it twice, and the other night I was going to the movie theatre with a friend who hadn't seen it, and I offered to see it with her a third time! In the end, we went to "The Conspirator" which is also very very good. Would recommend that to you.

Vickie said...

DH and I watched this the other night and I was in love. We laughed and smiled and enjoyed. The cursing scene had us rolling on the floor. I rarely want to see an Oscar nominated (let alone a winner) film, but made the exception for this wonderful movie.

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Totally agree with your movie review - it was a wonderful film in so many ways.

Snippety Gibbet said...

I'm so glad to hear that you loved it, as Netflix says it will arrive at my door tomorrow. Yay!!!!!! jan