Written February 11, 2011
This is a truly inspiring movie, and I LOVE Geoffrey Rush. Especially lovd him as Barbosa in POTC. Truly inspiring, if you haven’t seen, watch at [BLOCKED WEBSITE] . com
Written January 03, 2011
....and a movie that gave one of few perfect movie-going memories. Please forgive me if you have already read this in my top ten movie note...but I can't help sharing it here. The King was about to give his WW11 speech. I sat literally at the edge of my seat,holding my breath,feeling like I was there,at the onset of this period in history and eagerly awaiting the Bertie's words..I shook myself out of it,and looked around,thinking what an amazing moment this was in film viewing history and every member of the audience that i could see were mesmerized and waiting just as much as I was. Firth was unbelievably compelling,and tears come to my eyes even remembering it right now. Impeccable acting throughout,and I want to note Guy Pearce's performance as well. Being a smaller role,he isn't getting much mention,but he handled his role brilliantly. What a film. I NEVER thought it would be such a visceral experience and highly recommend.
Written December 14, 2010
A wonderful film! Colin Firth does a superb job as the frightened and tormented Prince of York who becomes King George VI just as WWII starts. He convinces you just how severe and paralyzing his speech impediment was. His stormy on/off/on relationship with speech therapist Lionel Logue reveals some of the possible "environmental" causes behind the condition and the surprising and fascinating "credentials" of the therapist. The sequence of events that eventually creates a strong bond between the King and Lionel is the main dynamic at work in the narrative, and it makes for a gripping tale. The lively chemistry between the king and his therapist makes for theater at its best. Although being reminded of the beginnings of that horrific period in history is always a somber experience, in the context of this story one is truly uplifted by the personal triumph of King George VI, even as Europe is plunged into war.
Written March 08, 2011
Intelligent, well written, wonderful performances by Colin Firth and Geoffery Rush (who I think deserved the supporting actor Academy Award) this film describes the incredible struggle of the man who would become King George VI to overcome his lifetime struggle with his speech impediment. Also focuses on the relationship with his "peculiar" speech therapist Lionel Logue, who wants "Bertie" to realise that he doesn't have to live in the shadow of his father or elder brother; and the relationship that comes of the one born into royalty and the commoner. Just an overwhelming feeling of exhuberance at the end of absolutely the BEST picture of the year. Finally a movie where the "words do the talking." See it again!
Written December 14, 2010
The Kings Speech is the rare film that grabs your attention from the beginning scene and doesn't let go all the way thru to the end. Amazing acting from all the principals, especially, of course from Colin Firth. Firth gives a terrific performance that pulls you into his life as the Duke of York and later, as the reluctant King of England. His terror at public speaking and attempts to overcome a major speech impediment is totally credible throughout. Helena Bonham Carter is excellent as his wife, giving him loving support yet never giving up on her desire to help him overcome his dilemna. Geoffrey Rush is outstanding as the unorthodox speech therapist enlisted to cure the Duke/King. The costumes, sets and pacing are all excellent. Don't miss this movie!