Movie: The King's speech

By admin
04 February 2011

True-life drama.


Director: Tom Hooper.


Opens 11 February.

Rating: 5/5

What’s it about?

England’s King George VI stutters. This means it’s virtually impossible for him to make speeches, especially on the newly invented radio. Then an unconventional speech therapist takes him under his wing.

Who will enjoy it?

This is without a doubt one of the most accomplished and charming films ever made. And it’s not just for fans of arthouse movies.

It’s about the unlikely but deep friendship between two individuals from different British classes and their cameraderie that crosses all boundaries. It’s also an inspiring look at how any defect can be overcome and that with the right guidance anything can be achieved.

There hasn’t been such a refeshingly brilliant movie in years, with attention paid to the smallest detail.

Tom Hooper avoids all the clichés and inspires viewers like few directors can. It’s an absolute masterpiece that should be seen by everyone who thinks they’re not good enough to make their dreams come true.

Wait for DVD?

You can buy the DVD later (it’s the kind of film you should own), but with the impending Oscars on everyone’s lips get in the queue now for a ticket to experience this tender, gracious film.

You’ll leave the theatre with a spring in your step. Helena Bonham Carter’s sympathetic performance, Colin Firth’s tour de force and Geoffrey Rush’s sober turn make this an experience that’ll enrich your life. Go see it, whatever it takes!

Similar films 

Julie and Julia, The Remains of the Day.

Popcorn facts

*King George VI was the father of Queen Elizabeth II. She appears in the film as a young girl.

*The US censors didn’t like the fact the f-word is used 17 times but when producers explained that it was justified the age restriction was lowered.

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