The King's Speech

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The King's Speech

Post by Madame » Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:43 pm

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I seldom see movies in the theatre, but after watching the trailers and reading reviews, I decided this was worth the effort. (sometimes I get a kick out of gaffes, and I chuckled when one reviewer referred to King George VI's daughters as princesses Elizabeth and Charlotte. Huh?)

It is one of the finest movies I've seen, from the beginning to end. Colin Firth, ever brilliant, played the role of second-in-line Prince Albert (Bertie), Guy Pearce portrayed his older brother David (later to become King Edward VIII, for a while, that is) as an arrogant, self-absorbed man, and Helena Bonham Carter was delightful as the 'queen mum'. Geoffrey Rush was equally brilliant as Lionel Logue, the speech therapist whose unorthodox style helped the king overcome his personal demons which had paralyzed his public speaking efforts; and in the process, the two of them bridged the boundaries between royalty and commoner. Timothy Stall was excellent as Winston Churchill.

It ended at exactly the right time, following the King's inaugural broadcast to the nation. It was a moving experience, capped with an exquisite passage from Beethoven's 5th piano concerto as the credits rolled by.

I recommend this film.

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Re: The King's Speech

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:46 pm

Oh goody, Colleen is posting again. :D

Like you I wanted to make an exceptional trip to see this in the cinema, but neither local town (Saratoga, Glens Falls) thought it mainstream enough to show to the local general audience. So now I wait for Netflix.

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Re: The King's Speech

Post by HoustonDavid » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:26 pm

With all the good reviews and awards, I will undoubtedly purchase the DVD sight unseen.
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Re: The King's Speech

Post by Madame » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:28 pm

jbuck919 wrote:Oh goody, Colleen is posting again. :D

Like you I wanted to make an exceptional trip to see this in the cinema, but neither local town (Saratoga, Glens Falls) thought it mainstream enough to show to the local general audience. So now I wait for Netflix.
This is true of a lot of outlying (did I spell that right?) communities. We were fortunate in the Puget Sound area, it opened on Christmas Day at numerous theatres. I'm sure you'll enjoy it in the privacy of your home, as well. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing it again, it's also glorious in the artistic sense.

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Re: The King's Speech

Post by Madame » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:30 pm

HoustonDavid wrote:With all the good reviews and awards, I will undoubtedly purchase the DVD sight unseen.
I assure you, you won't regret it. (I've learned that waiting a while for Amazon Marketplace copies to come out, I can find great deals.)

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Re: The King's Speech

Post by HoustonDavid » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:28 am

Agreed about the Amazon Marketplace, Colleen. I've got a wish list there too, so I can always
manage to find a film, book, or music CD that brings my total just slightly over the $25.00
free shipping minimum for new purchases. But used "Nearly New" is a very good way to save
money with Amazon contractors.
"May You be born in interesting (maybe confusing?) times" - Chinese Proverb (or Curse)

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