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Monday, 31 January 2011

Film Review - The King's Speech

I hadn't heard an awful lot about this film before going to see it, beyond the fact that it was expected to do well at the BAFTA's. To be honest, it didn't really sound like a film I would generally like watching, but when a friend of mine wanted to go and see it, I decided to go along and see what the fuss was about.

The synopsis of the film is as follows: "The King's Speech" tells the story of the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George 'Bertie' VI (Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war."

While I was watching the film, I realised I was actually enjoying it. The acting was very good and that made me wonder whether Colin Firth found it difficult to rid himself of the stammer he portrayed in the film, once filming had finished. Not a very important point, but it would be interesting to know :-)
I can understand why some people claim the film is 'slow', it is in parts and could never be described as exciting and full of action. However, I still quite liked these slow parts as I found it engaging to see all the different techniques the King tried to help rid him of his stammer and the unorthodox way his therapist went about it.

I found it quite a heartwarming tale of triumph. I can't imagine how happy and relieved the real King must have felt at the time, getting through a critical speech without stammering. Overall I would recommend people to see this film and on the plus side, at least we know this will be a film that can't spawn a sequel :-)

I give it 6 and a half out of 10 - I did enjoy it but I don't think I would buy the DVD or watch it again and there are many other films out there that I prefer


  1. I really like this movie, especially as Colin Firth is in it! However, I thought Helena Bonham Carter was excellent as the Queen Mother. It deserved nearer an 8 or at least a 7 and a half Catherine ;)

  2. Lol - well it's just not the kind of film I'd normally go for and there would be loads of others I'd choose over it which is why it has 6 and a half - but I did like it :-) Helena Bonham Carter was very good in this, she can often be a bit over the top but she played this well :)
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