Saturday, June 11, 2011

Movie: The King's Speech

My rating on a 1-10 scale: 9
Main characters: Prince Albert "Bertie" (Later to be King George VI), Elizabeth, Lionel Logue, David (Later to be Edward VIII)
Genre: Drama
Recognizable actors: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Jennifer Ehle, Derek Jacobi
Length: 118 minutes
Based on: Real Life story on Prince Albert/George VI's stammer
Time period: 1930's, 1940's
Year it came out: 2010
Story: Prince Albert (or Bertie) has struggled his whole life with a stammer. His wife, Elizabeth, finds out about speech therapist Lionel Logue and Bertie starts to go to him.  Rated R
My overall opinion: Love this movie! Colin Firth's Best Actor Oscar is well deserved for his role as King George VI! There is some talk about a scandal and some swearing, but The King's Speech was very well acted and a great movie!
There may be some concern about the R rating, so I'll explain that now. It's rated R for language: one of the exercises Lionel has Bertie do to relieve stress is to use swears to relieve stress because when Bertie is angry, he stammers less; so Bertie unleashes a whole string of big swears that aren't aimed at anyone to relieve stress. The scene is fairly easy to see coming (the line "Do you know any swears?" makes it easy to spot). There is also another scene right before a big speech where there are a couple more swears dropped. Mainly, there are two scenes where the big swears are concentrated: the rest of the movie doesn't have too many swears in it.

Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth (Future Queen Mum)

Elizabeth, Bertie, and Lionel during a speech exercise

Lionel, Myrtle Logue (Lionel's wife), and Bertie. Jennifer Ehle, known for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1995), plays Myrtle and is in this picture with P&P co-star Colin Firth.

A table that I made for my review at Elegance of Fashion. The King's Speech did a really great job at making their actors look like their real life counterparts.
I've also reviewed this at Elegance of Fashion: Link!


Jemimah C. said...

The King's Speech is such a beautiful movie! The actors look very similar to the characters they portrayed.

Charity U said...

Thank you for the review, Miss Elizabeth! :) My mom just got the movie (at long last) from Netflix and she loves it. We're going to get to watch it soon...hooray! And thanks SO much for reviewing. :)