The untimely death of King George V (Michael Gambon) means that his son will be crowned as King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), however due to his desire to marry a woman whom the church do not approve of, Edward has to step down.
Bertie (Colin Firth) is appointed as leader of the country and named King George VI. Unfortunately Bertie has suffered from a speech problem for the majority of his life and can barely speak in private, let alone public. At a time when the country is at war and desperately needing a leader they can trust, King George VI is not the ideal candidate. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) is forced to take it upon herself to fix the problem and hire an eccentric and unconventional speech therapist; Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).
A conflict immediately ensues between the teaching style Logue uses and the King. However, after an unorthodox course of treatment the two become good friends and eventually cure the problem, leaving the King to lead his country to victory.
Based on the true story of King George VI, The King’s Speech tells the story of the royal and his battle with his stammer. Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter) and Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush).
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At first, I was really not so sure about The King's Speech: it might be dry, not very entertaining and a little dull. My girlfriend eventually convinced me to try it out and I was positively surprised by this expertly crafted piece of film history. The story is gripping and there are no lengthy bits in it at all. The humour is wonderfully entertaining and the characters are very well written. Furthermore, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush play their parts with such a love for detail and character that one cannot help but empathise with the two. In addition to that, it's great to see history developing on the margins of the films. This makes you realise that even the the most important men and women on the world's stage are merely players themselves and are troubled by their own little problems.
I had seen the Oscars when 'The King's Speech' won so many, almost too many for one film. I held that thought until I saw the film. It's perfect, wonderful, moving and impressive. These are just a few of the compliments that the film deserves. I sat there locked to my screen for the entire film. I had not been able to see it when it was on at the cinema, and I regret that. Colin Firth, was even more than I expected, and added immensely to a truly great story. Complimenting Mr. Firth's was the part played by Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter's part as the King's wife were the finishing touches to this masterpiece. I can't compliment this film enough.
What a great film! Having seen this film at the cinema (and having thoroughly enjoyed it) I couldn't wait to buy it for myself as soon as I possibly could. If you enjoy laughing, feeling interested, and generally good films, you should definitely buy THIS ONE!
The film is totally absorbing, exploring the mind-set of a sensitive man who was cruelly bullied by his father and virtually ignored by his mother, all in the best traditions of a royal family in the early 20th century. I think that the distaste of Queen Elizabeth for David and Wallis could have been displayed a bit more. Overall, the casting, acting and locations are excellent. The "extras" allow an opportunity to directly compare Colin Firth's speech with that of the real King, and the similarity is uncanny. A "must see" film.
This film was amazing. The best film I've seen in a long time. Colin Firth portrayed the role brilliantly, A poignant and highly enjoyable watch, The Oscars say it all. Definitely one to have on the shelf.
A beautifully written light hearted take on the struggle of a nation; bringing refreshing performances from Colin Firth and especially Geoffrey Rush (minus his pirate hat and "yarrr" manorisms). All brought together with stunning periodic settings and atmosphere.
I wasn't expecting too much from this film. After all, how can a film about a guy trying to find a cure for his stutter be kept interesting for the length of a film. Watch this and you will want to keep watching to the end. All the actors are excellent and the film deserves its Oscars. If history was taught at school by showing films like this we would all know a lot more history.
I usually don't like films that have been hyped up in the way The King's Speech has been but this was excellent. Colin Firth truly deserved every award he's been given for this film and Helena Bonham Carter plays the Queen Mother excellently. My favourite film of 2011 so far.
I wasn't sure if this would be my sort of film usually preferring more action packed movies. I'm glad I went to see it. Colin Firth is excellent as is Geoffrey Rush. I have heard complaints that films like these will distort people's views of history with some parts added for entertainment value. I think it is better that films like this get made and people at least know something about our history where previously they knew nothing. I would definitely recommend this film.
Very well done movie. Historically accurate and really excellent acting.
I absolutely loved this. The performance by Colin Firth is amazing and he really deserved all the awards he won. The other performances were also brilliant and i loved the relationships between the main characters. Beautifully written with an outstanding cast, you do not want to miss it.
I came to this movie with mixed feelings. I have never really cared much for Merchant Ivory films, Helen and Colin being very much part of that genre. But it was one of those wonderful surprises that one gets few too often in life. Colin Firth was simply magnificent in the role of 'Bertie' and Helena Bonham Carter as his caring wife, who obviously ascend to the throne after the abdication of his brother. Hating and loathing every minute of being thrust into the limelight Colin Firth begins a quest with the equally fabulous Gefrrey Rush to overcome a horrendous crippling stammer, bad enough for an ordinary guy, let alone the King of England. The film moves along at a lovely pace until the final dramatic war-time speech must be made by a nervous King. Now I am a man, brought up on the building site of life. The final 10 minutes had me blubbing like a baby, but it was tears of pure joy and happiness as we finally see a terrifc Colin Firth slowly rise to the challenge. The only remaining thing to say is this, it is the best feel good film you will probably ever see and you must see it. 10/10
Wow.... I thought this was well acted and a brilliant story. I would recommend this film to all ages.
An absolutely amazing film. Colin Firth at his best surrounded by a top cast. This is this year's must see film.
Without question, The King’s Speech is deffo one of those “Oscar films” where the acting, direction, cinematography, writing is top notch. A triumphant story of a somewhat reluctant king who must overcome a speech impediment to properly carry out the duties required to lead a nation during a time of war. The best thing about this film is the acting performances of the 3 main actors. Colin Firth is just amazing as is Geoffery Rush. Helena Bonham Carter, in a role that doesn’t require her to look like a scruffy goth queen, also gives a stunning performance. The look and feel of the film, the way the colorful patterned backgrounds are used in almost every scene, make the film feel truly special. The King’s Speech may look like a bore but if you appreciate fine acting, masterful storytelling and triumph of the will stories, you will love this film.