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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant production
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...
Published on Feb. 8 2011 by Gwenneth N. Steward

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We think this movie was a good movie to watch as you began to realize how difficult their lives actually were. This, to my husband and I, is just more proof that they were just as 'normal' as the rest of us, and that they were not the 'infalable' type of people that we and the media like to portray them as. Bertie having a difficult time dealing with his stuttering and...
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant production, Feb. 8 2011
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Gwenneth N. Steward "wideopenwords" (Wallacetown, ON, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The King's Speech (DVD)
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 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sea of troubles, Feb. 26 2011
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The King's Speech (DVD)
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.

But the strength of this movie lies in the gut-wrenching scenes where Bertie's therapy is put to the test. We see him struggling to speak to his own brother, and it's genuinely saddening when he crumbles into tongue-tied misery... just as it's uplifting when he manages to speak clearly and with earnestness.

And since the movie is all about the king, a brilliant lead actor is absolutely essential. Firth is absolutely perfect -- nervous, fearful, stiff, quick-tempered, and always choking on his own words. And you can see how desperate he is to help his nation. And he has a sort of prickly chemistry with Rush, whose energetic, earnest therapist helps Bertie break out of his shell.

Bonham-Carter gives a lovely smaller performance as the future Queen Mum, a lady with a steel spine who seems to be propping up her husband until he can stand on his own. And there are great smaller performances by Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon, Jennifer Ehle, and Guy Pearce (as spoiled man-child David).

"The King's Speech" is all about one man helping another overcome his fear, and the world-changing consequences. It's powerful, vivid and beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must see this!, July 10 2014
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This is a tour de force movie. It has a lot for everyone. There's comedy, (mild) tragedy, family relationships, and more. It shows a time that is long forgotten, but which is easy to relate to. Excellent performances by all actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it., July 4 2014
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Moonstruck "jazz lover" (Toronto, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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Wonderful acting, riveting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars he spoke and we listen, June 30 2014
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great movie kept us on the edge of our seats
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, June 6 2014
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Can't say enough good about this movie. Very enjoyable and we just loved the extras on the disc....Queen Elizabeth's father giving the real speech. Colin Firth did an excellent job as usual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of a standing O in the theatre!, June 5 2014
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I have only clapped and stood for a ovation twice at a theater for a movie. This is one of them. Witty, funny as hell and so well acted one thinks they are the real life historical figures! Truly a classic...will watch it over and over and love it more every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie- there's a reason everyone rushed to see it when it was released..., May 19 2014
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...as you might be able to discern, it was very good. Gorgeous cinematography-wow! Awesome acting from Geoffry Rush and Colin Firth. Also, it's nice to have Helena Bonham-Carter showing off her sassy acting chips again. Anyway, if you like a good drama filled with very oscar-esque performances and fabulous accents, then this is the movie for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie!, April 18 2014
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Based on a true story, this is an enchanting view of the relationship between the king and his speech therapist. Great story!
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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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