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The King's Speech [Blu-ray]

Colin Firth , Helena Bonham Carter , Tom Hooper    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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Candidates for president and prime minister choose to run, but kings rarely have a choice. Such was the case for Prince Albert, known by family members as Bertie (Colin Firth), whose stutter made public speaking difficult. Upon the death of his father, George V (Michael Gambon, making the most of a small part), the crown went to Bertie's brother, Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), who abdicated to marry divorcée Wallis Simpson. All the while, Bertie and his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter, excellent), try to find a solution to his stammer. Nothing works until they meet Australian émigré Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a failed actor operating out of a threadbare office. He believes Bertie's problem stems from emotional rather than physiological issues, leading to a clash of wills that allows the Oscar®-winning Rush (Shine) and the Oscar-nominated Firth (A Single Man) to do some of their best work (in a neat bit of casting, Firth's Pride and Prejudice costar, Jennifer Ehle, plays Logue's wife). All their efforts, from the tense to the comic--Bertie doesn't stutter when he swears--lead to the speech King George VI must make to the British public on the eve of World War II. At a time when his country needs him the most, he can't afford to fail. As Stephen Frears did in The Queen, Tom Hooper (HBO's Elizabeth I) lends vulnerability to a royal figure, showing how isolating that life can be--and how much difference a no-nonsense friend like Logue can make. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant production Feb. 8 2011
After seeing The Kings Speech in the theatre, I cannot wait to own it.
A remarkable piece of work...from script, to director, to photography and music,
this film is not to be missed. One doesn't have to be a Royalist, nor indeed,
a history buff, to appreciate the production.
Headed by the inimitable Colin Firth, as King George VI, (Bertie)...one is drawn into
the deep frustration of a solidly good man, adored by his wife and daughters,
who suffers from a debilitating speech impediment, which worsens as he finds
himself faced with the unexpected weight of becoming King, thrust onto his
shoulders. As an actor, Colin Firth keeps getting better and better, from Mr. Darcy
in 1999's Pride and Prejudice, to varying roles across the years, to last year's heart
wrenching, Oscar nominated role, as The Single Man.
Again,the tight facial close-ups, convey a myriad of palpable emotions, which the director
can rely on from Firth, who delivers in spades.
With a fine, talented supporting cast...The brilliant, Geoffrey Rush as King George's
dependable, speech therapist, who becomes his friend...The always amazing Helena
Bonham Carter, as Bertie's loving and supportive wife and Queen...Guy Pearce, excellent
as the self-absorbed, spoiled Edward, who changes history by tossing over the throne for
"the woman I love" and the always solid Derek Jacobi, as the Archbishop.
This is a beautifully crafted film, from the first scene to the closing credits.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sea of troubles Feb. 26 2011
Stammering is a pretty common speech defect, and for most people it doesn't have earthshattering consequences. But for one man, it might have. "The King's Speech" chronicles the true-life story of King George VI's struggle to gain the confidence to lead his nation -- a powerful, tensely-written movie, with some truly brilliant performances.

For many years, Prince Albert (Colin Firth) dreaded any kind of public speaking because of his crippling stammer. So his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham-Carter) drags him to a speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), who gives him vocal and physical exercises. Logue also learns more about "Bertie's" psyche -- his sensitivity, his low self-esteem, and his fears that he will let down his country.

And Bertie has never needed help so badly -- his father is dying, his older brother David is too obsessed with his married lover to care about "kinging," and World War II is fast approaching. And when the throne is handed to Bertie, Logue must help him get through his coronation, and a vital speech announcing the beginning of the war.

"The King's Speech" takes place on two very different levels. On one hand, it's about an underappreciated prince's rise to become king just before World War II, and the events that led to it. On the other, it's about one man slowly learning to overcome his fear with the help of a friend.

Director Tom Hooper really knows to create powerful drama even from seemingly small things, and to evoke strong emotions from the simplest scenes. There are some lighter moments (the hysterical scene where Bertie runs around shouting four-letter words) and some glimpses of Bertie and Lionel's lives with their families.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good story April 12 2014
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I wonder how much of it was solid fact, and how much artistic liberty was taken. But it was a good story, I enjoyed it and the characters and the peek into the life of royalty back in the day. Movie arrived in good time and in good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal pick March 27 2014
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I like the story line and would watch it again. It kept my interest through the whole movie. Recommend it to others
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Acting July 6 2013
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I loved this movie and the acting was great! It's a nice glimpse into a bit of British history too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The King's Speech June 13 2013
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This movie was a lot funnier than I thought it would be! Gives a good idea of what Queen Elizabeth II's father was like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good film and interesting historical information March 16 2013
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Colin Firth did a great job. While I vaguely knew the story it was really interesting to have it come to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good movie March 1 2012
this is a good movie i reccomend you watch it you will enjoy it. its kind of what you expect. more thought provoking. will keep you engaged and intellectual stimulated
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
Who doesn't like Colin Firth? He is excellent and the movie deals with a piece of real history. I loved it.
Published 6 months ago by kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job
While I think The Social Network deserved the Oscar for best picture, I think Colin Firth certainly deserved best actor for this role. He did a superb job. Very enjoyable movie.
Published 8 months ago by Margaret Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are amazing in this film, very touching , well written and based on a true story
Published 8 months ago by lamp
5.0 out of 5 stars The King's Speech
British drama at its best. The humour is there with the quips and the frustration over the speech impediment also. The actors do a good job of telling the true story.
Published 9 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars King's Speech
A very poignant movie, brilliantly acted. We loved this movie for both the story line, acting, and as an eye-opener to the real lives of royalty.
Published 24 months ago by Margot Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
We really enjoyed this film, well worth the time to watch it. Colin Firth is great at this role and I always enjoy his acting. Defineately recommended.
Published on Feb. 26 2012 by MrsHardie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I thought this was a great movie. And the bluray was the same price as dvd when I brought it. Defintately a great movie to watch. I recommend it to everyone.
Published on Feb. 22 2012 by Apollo
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