The King’s Speech

First of all, I  have to give The King’s Speech a big applause and a bucket of flower to shower over it as it is the first drama I have ever seen in Cinema.

I have mentioned it in my top-5 cinema movies of 2010, that I have never seen any drama in cinema because I think we can still see the best out of  drama in DVD. However, the moment I saw The King’s Speech trailer, I just have this urge to see it in the big screen.

And…I can proudly said that I loved it and didn’t have any regret of going to Cinema to watch this wonderful drama.

I copied this  summary from The Kings Speech official site:

After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.

Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING’S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch’s quest to find his voice.

What a handsome king!

The King’s Speech was a strong movie that emphasizes more in a power of friendship … and sometime, the one that turns into our best friend is the most unthinkable person in the world. What is the chance of a prince meeting an eccentric speech therapist who soon turns into more into a friend than a therapist? I should say the chance is very slim.

I love  seeing the chemistry between Firth and Rush. The king was brilliantly portrayed by Colin Firth. He could easily turned his emotion from arrogant to full of confusion and shame of his inability to speak like a true king should be. Firth’s imitation of  stammering was superb, he tried to hold his tongue from repeating his words like most stammering people. Simply said, I am 100% supporting him to get his first Oscar…he deserved it.

Lilibet: What’s he saying?
King George VI: I don’t know but… he seems to be saying it rather well.

Geoffrey Rush was as brilliant as Firth. His eccentric way really got into my nerve sometime…I mean, if I am a king I would have said ‘off with his head‘ just like the heart queen in Alice in wonderland. His character completed Firth’s character so well. I enjoy seeing the two of them together.

I think the fact that TKS is based upon true story is one of the reason I was walking to the cinema to see it. I always love true story. The other reason is Colin Firth. The strongest reason of all is the trailer…it looks like a fun movie.

Although I said it looks like a fun movie, but I honestly thought that I won’t have a lot of laughter from it. After all, it is a movie about the British Monarch…it has to be a serious movie, right?

I’m glad I was wrong!

TKS was a lovely movie about friendship with a lot of witty humors. Most of the humor came from the dialogue  between the two main characters.

This is my favorite one:

Lionel Logue: I believe sucking smoke into your lungs will kill you.
King George VI: My physicians say it relaxes the throat.
Lionel Logue: They’re idiots.
King George VI: They’ve all been knighted.
Lionel Logue: Makes it official then.

and this (I laughed so loud on this one):

Lionel Logue: Do you know the “f” word?
King George VI: Ffff… fornication?

Apart from the dialogue, Logue’s treatments were also very funny.

Sorry I couldn’t write an excellent review for this movie even though I love and admire it so much. You can read a much better review than mine in this great blogs: Anomalous Material, Flixchatter and Filmplicity. I have to agree with Ronan for giving TKS 

It is nice to know that the real King George and Lionel Logue became friends for a long time.

Movie details

Director: Tom Hooper
Producer: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin, Geoffrey Rush
Scriptwriter: David Seidler
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon
Cinematography: Danny Cohen
Release date: 23 December 2010 (Australia), 18 February 2011 (Indonesia)

20 Comments

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Nov, your review is lovely! Yes I agree w/ you that a movie about monarch doesn’t have to be so stuffy, I think the humor and wit is one of the reasons I enjoyed this so much. I mean I also like the more serious monarch films like Elizabeth, but this is one I could watch over and over. Glad you got a chance to see this.

    1. You’re welcome Ruth 🙂 you have a great review.

      Yeah I feel the same way as yours, I really like Elizabeth too but that is not the kind of movie to be watched over and over again, on the other hand I know I will watch TKS again and again.

      It has good story and smart humor.

  2. Ahaha… I knew you’re gonna picked the “f” word quote. That’s the funniest one.
    Also the other quote I remembered was:

    King Edward: Sorry, I’ve been terribly busy
    King George: Doing what?
    King Edward: Kinging –> 😀 very interesting term!

    My comment is…this movie is so British.. Hehe.. And it’s great. Indeed, it’s great and deserve Oscars. My prediction on TKS would go for Best Actor, Best Script, and Best Picture. Let’s see on Sunday.

    1. Ah yes..Guy Pearce’s term, that was indeed an interesting word 😉
      You know, I forgot that he was Guy Pearce from memento…I kept on trying to remember where did I see this actor before, and I remember him when the cast’s names appeared.

      I also like the dialogue when George and the Bishop arguing, couldn’t remember the exact words but it goes like this:
      Bishop: My concern is on the head I’m going to put the crown.
      King: Well, it’s my head.

      So true!! SO British and I SO love it. I think I will buy its DVD few months from now…I want to see it again.

      TKS has string contender 😦 , since I’m not interested in seeing its contender I can’t say which one is better (then again TKS must be better coz I don’t feel like watching TSN).
      I hope one of our local TVstation will show it LIVE.

    1. Yup! it is sooo good, make sure you watch it when it arrives 😉
      Ow..I thought Europe is faster than Asia. Any sign when will it be played in Swiss? or you still have no idea when?

        1. Yes, Indonesia also need subtitles, we even subtitle the 3D movies. But the movies still come on time for block buster movies such as Inception, Harry Potter, etc. Those movies will come at the exact day they were released in US.For non-blockbuster,there were some delayed days/months

    1. Thank you so much for the link Ronan, unfortunately this words came up : “The service is not currently available in your area” 😦
      Maybe I should try finding it in youtube one day

  3. I am so glad that you enjoyed The King’s Speech! You’re right, there are a lot of comical portions in this film that show that life can still be serious but also have its laughs too! Nice summary!

  4. That was a great review for a great movie, it is on my top 5 for movies of 2010. I loved it very much and all the Oscars were correctly gone with it! Thanks for visiting me by the way!

    1. Thx 🙂
      It is indeed one of the best although I would include this as 2011 movie since it made it to our country’s cinema in 2011.

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