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I watched The King's Speech today and it was amazing. I want it to win every award in existence and some that should be invented just for it. TKS stars Colin Firth as George VI, Geoffrey Rush an an unorthodox speech therapist trying to help him overcome his crippling stammer, and Helena Bonham-Carter as George's wife, the future Queen Mum.



Before going into the movie, all I knew about George VI was:

a. father of Elizabeth II
b. King during WW2, pretty well-liked
c. got to be King when his brother Edward abdicated to marry a divorcee.

The movie made this rather vague-to-me historical figure incredibly human and shockingly sympathetic (I mean - feeling sorry for and relating to a Royal is a tough order). Colin Firth is wonderful in the role - he's upper crust and reserved (and scarred under that reserve) and charming and frustrated - you can't help but root for him. You don't feel you are watching a performance, you feel you are peeking into someone's private life. Geoffrey Rush is wonderful as well - a warm, bossy eccentric that is so loveable and cool that I almost want to have an excuse to go to him for treatment. The movie is really Firth and Rush show but everyone else is great too - HBC is smart and funny and warm (nice to know this Queen had a better ending than HBC's previous foray into royalty as Lady Jane), Guy Pierce is suitably dashing, immature and erratic as the errant Edward, Michael Gambon as George V intimidated me even from the screen, Derek Jacobi has a delicious but brief role as the Archbishop of Canterbury, etc.

I cannot possibly recommend this strongly enough. Our whole theater (which was very full) was laughing and cheering and sniffling. There was clapping at the end.

OK, this movie gave me a bit of a crush on George VI, which is probably disturbing, but OTOH it's Colin Firth, who can blame me?

In case all my gushing isn't quite enough to convince you, have a trailer.

dangermousie: (Default)
I watched The King's Speech today and it was amazing. I want it to win every award in existence and some that should be invented just for it. TKS stars Colin Firth as George VI, Geoffrey Rush an an unorthodox speech therapist trying to help him overcome his crippling stammer, and Helena Bonham-Carter as George's wife, the future Queen Mum.



Before going into the movie, all I knew about George VI was:

a. father of Elizabeth II
b. King during WW2, pretty well-liked
c. got to be King when his brother Edward abdicated to marry a divorcee.

The movie made this rather vague-to-me historical figure incredibly human and shockingly sympathetic (I mean - feeling sorry for and relating to a Royal is a tough order). Colin Firth is wonderful in the role - he's upper crust and reserved (and scarred under that reserve) and charming and frustrated - you can't help but root for him. You don't feel you are watching a performance, you feel you are peeking into someone's private life. Geoffrey Rush is wonderful as well - a warm, bossy eccentric that is so loveable and cool that I almost want to have an excuse to go to him for treatment. The movie is really Firth and Rush show but everyone else is great too - HBC is smart and funny and warm (nice to know this Queen had a better ending than HBC's previous foray into royalty as Lady Jane), Guy Pierce is suitably dashing, immature and erratic as the errant Edward, Michael Gambon as George V intimidated me even from the screen, Derek Jacobi has a delicious but brief role as the Archbishop of Canterbury, etc.

I cannot possibly recommend this strongly enough. Our whole theater (which was very full) was laughing and cheering and sniffling. There was clapping at the end.

OK, this movie gave me a bit of a crush on George VI, which is probably disturbing, but OTOH it's Colin Firth, who can blame me?

In case all my gushing isn't quite enough to convince you, have a trailer.

dangermousie: (Default)
I watched The King's Speech today and it was amazing. I want it to win every award in existence and some that should be invented just for it. TKS stars Colin Firth as George VI, Geoffrey Rush an an unorthodox speech therapist trying to help him overcome his crippling stammer, and Helena Bonham-Carter as George's wife, the future Queen Mum.



Before going into the movie, all I knew about George VI was:

a. father of Elizabeth II
b. King during WW2, pretty well-liked
c. got to be King when his brother Edward abdicated to marry a divorcee.

The movie made this rather vague-to-me historical figure incredibly human and shockingly sympathetic (I mean - feeling sorry for and relating to a Royal is a tough order). Colin Firth is wonderful in the role - he's upper crust and reserved (and scarred under that reserve) and charming and frustrated - you can't help but root for him. You don't feel you are watching a performance, you feel you are peeking into someone's private life. Geoffrey Rush is wonderful as well - a warm, bossy eccentric that is so loveable and cool that I almost want to have an excuse to go to him for treatment. The movie is really Firth and Rush show but everyone else is great too - HBC is smart and funny and warm (nice to know this Queen had a better ending than HBC's previous foray into royalty as Lady Jane), Guy Pierce is suitably dashing, immature and erratic as the errant Edward, Michael Gambon as George V intimidated me even from the screen, Derek Jacobi has a delicious but brief role as the Archbishop of Canterbury, etc.

I cannot possibly recommend this strongly enough. Our whole theater (which was very full) was laughing and cheering and sniffling. There was clapping at the end.

OK, this movie gave me a bit of a crush on George VI, which is probably disturbing, but OTOH it's Colin Firth, who can blame me?

In case all my gushing isn't quite enough to convince you, have a trailer.

dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
The King's Speech starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham-Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

(stolen from awesome [livejournal.com profile] clairiere)

I didn't even know this movie was in the making (except vaguely) but now I am burning up with the desire to see it.




*makes mad grabby hands*
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
The King's Speech starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham-Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

(stolen from awesome [livejournal.com profile] clairiere)

I didn't even know this movie was in the making (except vaguely) but now I am burning up with the desire to see it.




*makes mad grabby hands*
dangermousie: (Lives of Others by alexandral)
The King's Speech starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham-Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

(stolen from awesome [livejournal.com profile] clairiere)

I didn't even know this movie was in the making (except vaguely) but now I am burning up with the desire to see it.




*makes mad grabby hands*

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