The King's Speech (2010)

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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Historical


Photography: Color
Running Time: 119 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: January 7, 2011 (United Kingdom)

September 6, 2010 (Telluride Film Festival)

Directed by: Tom Hooper
Written by: David Seidler
Distributed by: Momentum Pictures (UK)
Starring: Colin Firth

Geoffrey Rush

Helena Bonham Carter

Guy Pearce

Timothy Spall

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 stuttering problem, sees Lionel Logue, an Australian speech and language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush.

Why It Rocks

  1. The King's Speech is a feel good movie, but a very adult one, and while it tells a good story, well scripted, absorbing and believable (except for an odd line or two), Tom Hooper's film is far more driven by character than by plot.
  2. The story gives us a fascinating look into the struggles faced by George VI on his way to becoming king of England.
  3. The film boasts an exceptional cast, which includes Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi and Guy Pearce, all of whom help contribute to the picture with the smallest amount of screen time.
  4. It turns out that writer David Seidler also had a stuttering problem as a child and drew inspiration from the king's struggle. 
  5. The buildup to the climactic finale is skillfully executed and prompted the audience to erupt into spontaneous applause.
  6. The director has made the story of King George VI into something more interesting than just "the story".
  7. The movie is really well made, the music, the cinematography, the cast, the script etc. is good, and as it should be.
  8. Colin Firth in the role as King George VI is really good, and he is completely convincing as a man who struggles with different things, such as his temperament, memories from his childhood and of course: his stammering.
  9. Whilst the dates in the film might not have been completely accurate, the film tells the story perfectly, sometimes humorously and and certainly sensitively.
  10. King George's speech exercise where he spouts nothing but swear words is the film's strongest and most memorable scene.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some controversies on whether the film should've been rated PG-13 or rated R.
  2. Some of the dates shown in the film are not historically accurate.