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The King’s Speech

January 23, 2011

The King’s Speech is the story of Prince Albert, the Duke of York (later to become King George VI), his struggle with a speech impediment and his relationship with his unconventional speech therapist and it is a fantastic movie!  When Bertie was the Duke of York, and had to make the occasional speech, it was painful for him and everyone who was listening because of his stutter.  In desperation, his wife, the Duchess of York, contacted an unconventional speech therapist, Australian Lionel Logue.  Logue agreed to accept the Duke as his patient and thus began a friendship that lasted the rest of their lives.

I found this movie to be fascinating and the acting to be superb – in particular Colin Firth as Prince Albert/King George and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue – I’ll be surprised if this movie doesn’t garner lots of Oscar attention.  My only complaint is that there were a few times when it was difficult to understand the dialogue because of the British accents.  I’d like to see the movie again, just to pick up on the things I missed the first time around.  There’s not a lot of action in this movie, but if you appreciate history, stories of friendship or great acting, you won’t want to miss it!

46 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2011 5:23 am

    Rather than the movie, I’d like to read the book.

  2. January 23, 2011 5:35 am

    Did you know they did not want to cause undue stress to the Queen Mother with the film, hence they waited until her passing to release this film.

    I’m hoping to see this one and Firth has been a favorite since appearing in the Pride & Prejudice series way back when… I watch way too many movies and this rivals my penchant for books 😉

  3. January 23, 2011 5:58 am

    Glad you enjoyed this- I loved it too, and I’m keen to see it again sometime also.

  4. January 23, 2011 7:22 am

    My daughter saw this film recently and told me I had to go see it. She said it was really well done. Glad to hear your “two-thumbs-up” recommendation as well.

  5. January 23, 2011 7:52 am

    I think I would like this one! Thanks Kathy!

  6. January 23, 2011 7:52 am

    I haven’t seen this one but keep hearing it’s a fabulous movie. I’ve always been a Colin Firth fan so I hope to see it when it comes out on DVD.

  7. January 23, 2011 7:54 am

    I hate to wish my life away but it will be so nice when both kids are in school full-time so I can go catch a movie every now and then!

  8. January 23, 2011 8:04 am

    This has had such rave reviews. Definitely want to see it soon. Love Colin Firth.

  9. January 23, 2011 8:05 am

    We really want to see this movie. Thanks for mentioning the difficulty with the British accents, so I can pay close attention, as I do have difficulty with that as well. I also want to see Black Swan.

  10. January 23, 2011 8:09 am

    Saw this yesterday and loved it, too! Colin Firth just gets better with age….

  11. January 23, 2011 8:40 am

    This one is high on my list, but because it is rated R, will probably be destined for Netflix. I do SO love Colin Firth!

  12. January 23, 2011 8:56 am

    Glad you enjoyed this one.

  13. January 23, 2011 9:27 am

    So glad you liked it! I can’t wait to see it!

  14. Literary Feline permalink
    January 23, 2011 10:02 am

    Great review, Kathy! I have this one in my netflix queue.

  15. Susan permalink
    January 23, 2011 10:07 am

    I just loved this movie. You’re right – the acting was simply superb! I thought all the characters were cast so perfectly, too. Even little Elizabeth looked like how I’d imagine the real one looked at that age.

  16. January 23, 2011 10:08 am

    Great review, I have every intention on seeing this one. Not sure when a day will available though.

  17. January 23, 2011 10:28 am

    I was privileged to see a preview for this movie in the spring and loved it at that time. I very much want to see the final version in the theaters.

  18. January 23, 2011 10:57 am

    I’m crossing my fingers for Colin Firth to win the Oscar this year. I just love the guy 🙂 I had some difficulty understanding the accents in Billy Elliot but it makes you listen harder & I think the quality of accent adds to the British humour.

  19. January 23, 2011 11:25 am

    Firth and Rush? Perfect. 🙂

  20. January 23, 2011 12:42 pm

    Want. To. See!!!!! 🙂

  21. January 23, 2011 1:00 pm

    I would love to watch this one…and not only cos I like Firth, lol.

  22. January 23, 2011 1:09 pm

    Definitely planning to see this one.

  23. January 23, 2011 1:13 pm

    FYI …
    LadyMin = Under My Apple Tree. For some reason WordPress left me logged in at my garden blog instead of the book blog.

  24. January 23, 2011 3:43 pm

    I loved this movie! I cried through all of the end of it too, because I was just so proud of King George 🙂

  25. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 23, 2011 5:13 pm

    I love Colin and need to see this one!

  26. January 23, 2011 5:33 pm

    This is one that I want to watch for sure!!

  27. January 23, 2011 6:20 pm

    Great review! I hope to see the movie this week! Love Colin Firth. The accents are hard sometimes..that is why I enjoy seeing some movies a second time on DVD and can watch with the captions on so i can know what they are saying if i miss what they say!!!

  28. January 23, 2011 8:16 pm

    I so want to see this movie — everyone loves it! I didn’t realize the accents were hard to understand. Perhaps you mighht want to watch it in DVD where you can just repeat it if you miss a words or two?

  29. January 23, 2011 8:55 pm

    This has been playing at an art house about 20 minutes away, but I just don’t get out to the movies … a likely candidate for future DVD viewing.

    I asked J if he wanted to go into Boston to see Billy Elliot (the musical) with me (it’s one of those traveling groups), and he asked “how will they do the subtitles on stage?” … we had to put the subtitles on the DVD when we watched this, the accents were so strong!

  30. January 23, 2011 8:56 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you liked this movie! I really, really want to see it!

  31. January 23, 2011 9:07 pm

    I’ve heard this is good … and I just adore Colin Firth!

  32. January 23, 2011 9:10 pm

    I really want to watch this movie. Thank you for you thoughts on it, it made me want to see all that much more.

  33. January 24, 2011 7:39 am

    I love Colin Firth, so I can’t wait to see this!

  34. January 24, 2011 9:50 am

    I agree Bermuda – I loved this movie, especially Colin Firth’s performance. I’ve been a fan of his since his “Pride & Prejudice” days.

  35. January 24, 2011 11:56 am

    I can’t wait to see this movie, I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much!

  36. January 24, 2011 12:49 pm

    what a great review! i watched the previews and thought this would be an excellent movie choice; I just have not had time to watch it ~

  37. January 24, 2011 12:52 pm

    I definitely want to see this movie – I love Colin Firth , Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush individually, so I have high expectations.

  38. January 24, 2011 3:13 pm

    I really want to see this, but I don’t think it’s exactly up my husband’s alley.

  39. January 24, 2011 5:29 pm

    I drove an hour there and back to see this, and it was worth it. I especially liked the speech therapy parts, because that’s what my mother did until she retired.

  40. January 24, 2011 6:48 pm

    Sounds like a great movie. 🙂 … and I adore Colin Firth!!

  41. January 24, 2011 7:24 pm

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about this movie…I just need to find someone to see it with me!

  42. January 25, 2011 2:52 am

    I am dying to see this movie!!!! Huge Colin Firth fan. A friend of mine has the screener and I’ll have to borrow it IMMEDIATELY!

  43. January 25, 2011 10:57 am

    My sister and her boyfriend saw this over the weekend and I was so jealous not to be invited! (Nothing like crashing a hot date, right?) It sounds great and, like everyone else, I adore Colin Firth.

  44. January 25, 2011 12:50 pm

    Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I might be seeing this one on Saturday.

  45. January 25, 2011 4:59 pm

    I liked this one too. It could’ve used more Corgis but it at that time she did only own 2. 🙂

    Colin Firth is scheduled to be on Sunday’s Actor’s Studio.

  46. February 4, 2011 4:51 pm

    I want to go see this so badly. I absolutely love Colin Firth – he is a truly amazing actor. And it definitely is getting lots of Oscar attention. I keep trying to get out to go see it but a busy schedule has kept me locked in studying/writing/working.

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