The King's Speech

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8.01 h 58 min2010X-RayR
A speech therapist helps King George VI overcome his stammer
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Tom Hooper
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Colin FirthGeoffrey RushHelena Bonham Carter
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Iain CanningEmile ShermanGareth Unwin
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New York guyReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
and lay waste to Europe
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I am writing because i have browsed the reviews and have not seen mention of what the movie was also REALLY about (besides the friendship and the overcoming of the speech impediment.)

The part of the movie not mentioned by the reviews I read: that this is a movie about the traumatized citizenry of the UK, reluctant to go into a second world war against Hitler.

The Brits are reserved. But WW I broke their spirit, left them traumatized and shaken. It was a horrific war.

That’s the stutter of King George as metaphor.

The Brits are now realizing, reluctantly, that indeed they are going to have to go to war again - ready themselves; gird their loins.

That is what the king’s journey to wholeness represents; the country needing to strengthen and restore itself to full confidence and capability in order to face the looming reality of a war that will claim the lives of tens of millions, and lay waste to Europe.

I hadn’t heard anyone discuss the stutter as metaphor.

That the stutter works on different levels - as a personal obstacle and source of shame, as a national shame and sign of dis-ease and war weariness, and as an impossible obstacle that simply must be overcome, makes the movie wonderful.
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DianeReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I misjudged this movie
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As a rule, I try to avoid R-rated movies--I have a weak stomach for violence and gore, I'm not fond of offensive language, and I don't need graphic sex clouding my own imagination. So, I avoided this movie when it came out. I wrongly assumed the premise would focus on Edward VIII's inappropriate relationship with Mrs. Simpson. I couldn't have been more wrong. I wish there had been more explanation for this movie's R-rating; it stems entirely from a swear word used repeatedly as a means of speech therapy--totally understandable in this context and not at all offensive. This is a great movie! I loved the history, the acting and settings are superb, and I came to love such a humble king and his devoted therapist.
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Endearing Look at the Struggles of a Monarch
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An endearing look at the struggles of a monarch.

Tom Hooper's historical drama The King's Speech (2010) is a fantastic perspective on the real life verbal melees that King George VI suffered with his whole life as he attempts to overcome his speech impediment stammer. Hooper's direction is a gorgeous recreation of wartime Britain from the death of King George V to King George VI. Hooper's style is sleek and fluid, quickly moving from scene to scene to keep you on edge to feel the pressure that the royals were in during the changeover of kings.

Colin Firth is marvelous as the frustrated and distressed monarch King George VI. Firth lends the king a sympathetic persona as you care if this man will rise to the challenge of leading his country into war with Adolf Hitler and Germany through his war speech announcement. The conflict may seem trivial at first, but the fate and morale of England was at stake on his majesty's oratory skills. Firth portrays King George VI as a capable man that lacked the confidence to say what he wanted. Through Firth's remarkable performance we sympathize with a man at odd's with his responsibilities and newfound status. I found Firth's acting gave King George VI a humanistic relatable air in his display of a palpable fury at his own inability to speak clearly. Colin Firth is simply moving in The King's Speech.

Similarly, Geoffrey Rush is hilarious as the king's Australian speech therapist. His patience, kindness, humor, and understanding give the audience an empathetic viewpoint into the trials of nervousness the monarchy underwent during World War II. Rush is so funny, likable, and endearing that you are with him the whole way through The King's Speech. He is a triumphant portal of sensitivity in the film, who you feel an affinity for always.

Likewise, Helena Bonham Carter is excellent as Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Her caring attitude for her husband's speech impediment is commendable. You like her fiery language and spirited remarks as well as her thoughtful support of King George VI.

On the other hand, Guy Pearce is loathsome as King Edward VIII. His cruel remarks, bullying, and ignorance towards his brother's feelings comes across as genuinely callous. Pearce knows how to play selfish and repellent when he wants. Pearce captures King Edward VIII's complete disregard for tradition, responsibility, and empathy with a distant aloof presence that is affectionate for his mistress. Pearce is truly one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Lastly, Alexandre Desplat's score is a rising symphony of influence and spirit. He rises to the challenge of recalling the past, but brings it to life with swelling strings and soft tones. The score to The King's Speech is classy and sweet all the way through. Desplat's score is particularly effective in creating a sweeping majesty during the entire final speech from King George VI. Desplat is a composer to listen out for in all his future projects.

In conclusion, The King's Speech is a gripping drama recreating the painful discomfort of King George VI engages you through all the scandal and intrigue.
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Solidly sewn tougher with good intentions
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The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays the future King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an Australian speech and language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. The men become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new king relies on Logue to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast upon Britain's declaration of war on Germany in 1939.

Considering the fact that my last experience with a film that had Colin Firth in it with a bit of a disappointment it would be fair to call my viewing of ‘The King’s Speech’ something along the lines of the perfect redemption arc. For his role as King George Colin Firth received an Academy Award for best actor and this is more-than justified by all of the nuances that make his character the enigma that he must be given the overarching context. Firth’s babbling and various patterns of speech are accompanied with body language that makes his tense (but sometimes haughty) nature palpable, and in some ways makes for moments that are uncomfortable or sometimes even painful for an unsuspecting audience member to witness.

In regards to the story it is inspired by ’The King’s Speech’ is a mixed bag of inaccuracies and optimistically sound adjustments. Firstly, this is not a fair reflection of the manner in which the relationship between King George and his speech pathologist develops nor does it correctly substantiate the amount of time passing between significant indicators of improvement during this therapeutic process. Oddly enough, sources that would be considered primary in nature (Like documents written by Logue during therapy sessions and George’s personal diary) have been recovered and are reported as having some influence on the creative decisions made for this film as a whole. Secondly, And perhaps more importantly, evidence to suggest that King George thought positively of Nazi forces of authority and practices related to their political ideology is quietly swept under the rug and written in as being more closely related to the adoration he may had for Hitler’s skills in the area of public speaking; this does appear to be a logical explanation for behavior that could make Firth’s character less charismatic in the court of public opinion, but I can only hope that David Seidler reached before making this particular stretch.

Seidler has been open and honest In regards to his motivation in writing this film In that it is related with his own experiences as a child. Having grown up with a stammer, Seidler was able to hear speeches delivered by King George himself, and took this as an opportunity to explore what treatment for a stammer might look like and the complexities involved with its origin or source of conception. This has led to some of our inevitable projecting on his behalf, but this makes ‘The King’s Speech’ all the more insightful as both a work of art and a potential opportunity for growth. Characters outside of George are used to represent external factors that may be key in understanding how this stammer can develop in the first place and also goes the extra mile in speaking to those that may unintentionally keep people from seeking out treatment for this despite having the most harmless of motivations in mind. What I gather most from this alone is that ‘The King Speech’ isn’t a film written for history buffs or those obsessed with precision, but it does a damn good job of pretending to be one.

Generally speaking I would regard a film like ‘The King Speech’ as being an abhorrent butchery of .events and figures that are labeled as ‘commendable’, but its larger purpose and real-world applications as they relate to diagnosable conditions makes the execution and consumption of media like this one arguably favorable in the grand scheme of things.

Sewn together by the best of intentions despite its narrative related shortcomings:
I would recommend!
(Just...maybe promise to some research afterwards, okay?)
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William R. RayReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
An incredible film and a tremendous cast.
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DVD transfer is excellent without flaw.

This is one of the best films of the last 10 years. Colin Firth gives a performance worthy of his Oscar and then some as the speech impaired King George VI. His counterpart, speech therapist Lionel Logue, is brilliantly portrayed by Geoffrey Rush. The two parry and jab, struggle with class differences then bond in the task of getting King George ready for his role as a leader of the British people.

This film is a unique look into the hidden world of British Royalty. The expectations and pressure of being a public figure are thrust upon those who may desperately wish to avoid the limelight. There is no escape. Such is life for all of us. We must, at some time in our lives, face up to challenges we would rather not. How we deal with these challenges determines our personal direction in life. Oscar winning director, Tom Hooper, manages to give us a very intimate film. We can feel the characters' anguish as if that anguish was our own. Helena Bonham Carter rounds out the main cast as the determined wife of the King. I am always impressed with Carter's versatility and skill and she is in full force here with a subtle yet powerful performance as the strength behind the throne.

This film is recommended for those above 13 as there is some vulgar language. Beyond that, I would recommend 'The King's Speech' to all movie fans. It is a viewing experience you will not soon forget and will return to view it again and again. Bravo for the Oscar winning Best Picture of 2010.
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Shambala Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best films ever seen.
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The back story of how the actors prepared for their characters, is truly unique to most actors who have been in such successful films because of the preparation for the role of King George the VI .All of the actors were awesome. Some people aren’t aware of how much Colin Firth prepared for his role as a person who has an extreme stutter and how he actually stuttered deliberately to prepare for his role. Firth in an interview told how he continued to stutter long after the filming was complete! I truly appreciate viewing a film based on facts or events that was observed in The King’s Speech. This including the years of true friendship with the Logue family members of their own family members who were part of the years long relationship between the king and his speech therapist with whom remained lifelong friends too. I am not sure that Colin Firth ever stopped stuttering or for how long post production of this true story about the extraordinary life experiences between the two very different men’s status of the rest of their lives. Another film I have enjoyed watching several different times, and still will!
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Michael GriswoldReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
How can the King Studder?
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I did a double take upon discovering that The Kings Speech came out eleven years ago because it’s another one I’ve had on my “to watch” list for years. The King’s Speech is a very emotional tale of King George VI who cannot speak to the people of England without a severe studder which is certainly undignified for someone who an entire nation is looking towards for leadership in times of crisis. Problem being how does one tell a potential future King “Hey dude you need to work on this”?

I thought Collin Firth and Geoffrey Rush played brilliantly off each other. Firth-the Duke of York and later King who has difficulty admitting he has a problem and Rush-the hard nosed I don’t care if you’re the king we’re playing by my rules who gradually wins the Duke-King’s trust. As a stutterer with a disability myself the key thing was that I could understand and empathize with what the future king was going through because I’ve experienced much the same feelings. Thankfully, I’m not the King of England, but the feelings are much the same. It also gave me courage that hey this great historical figure had a studder and still did great things, surely I can too. There’s a lot of rawness and human intensity here that one would expect of a great struggle between human pride/will and knowing that one has to do something. Also of note is the performance of Helena Botham Carter as Queen Elizabeth the willful wife of the Duke/later King who propels him forward into getting help.

An inspiring story of overcoming odds and breaking through our own pride and stubbornness to rise to the moment that was much needed in 2021.
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TJ WassReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is an amazing Academy-Award Winning Film
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This is one of the most fantastic films in cinematic history on the Silver Screen as Hollywood rewarded the monumental movie with an unprecedented dozen Oscar nominations and an unheard of winner five Academy Awards. This is the real deal that keeps true to the facts while making some of the most memorable moments ever assembled on screen that is relatable to all audiences as a timeless classic that I show my College Speech Classes as a Professor of Public Speaking. This is a wonderful tour de force Magnum Opus movie for all ages to enjoy now.
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