Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.
An excellent movie from start to finish,an unusual subject matter but nonetheless all the actors were superb a thoroughly enjoyable movie even though I am not a huge fan of British cinema and do not normally pick dramas for a nights entertainment was very pleased to have picked this movie.Top notch
At first I wasn't to sure what type of film it would turn out to be, but when I was sat in the cinema watching every minute of it I knew. I knew it was an epic film!
It wasn't a cheep film to make so they have put time and effort into making it, the script is good and they have some brilliant actors; Colin Firth as King George VI, Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue and Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth. The crew have defiantly earned the 8 Oscars they won!
At first i thought this movie will be like other bio-pic movie which is boring... but, after i watched it, WOW..!!! it's so different.. it's very entertaining from start to finish.. they make this movie to be very not a boring-type film with all these great actor and actress.. Colin Firth is very convincing in his role so it can make people wondering "is he really stuttered..?" LOL..!!! plus you got Geoffery Rush who act brilliantly as the king's therapist.. for Helena, well she's always great as usual... :)
I first started seeing trailers for the movie well before I found out it was nominated for 7 Golden Globes. The trailers I saw suggested that this was going to be a well acted drama with a solid story line, and several top notch actors (or perhaps I should say "thespians"), being able to demonstrate their award worthy performances. I was not disppointed in the least. Although my opinions for individual awards lean elsewhere, this is one of the best ensemble performances I have seen in many years. I missed Colin Firth in the movie he was nominated for last year, but here he was incredibly convincing as a King George VI, who "fell into" his Kingship due to uncontrollable circumstances. His constant stammering was beleivable, and more importantly, nowhere near as "borderline annoying" as some other actors who have played characters with speech impediments. (Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, Billy Bob Thornton in Slingblade, etc...) Geoffrey Rush, who is one of the best seasoned actors working today, was equally impressive as the speech therapist who aides the King in overcoming his inpediment. As impressive as their performances were individually, they were even more so in their interactions with each other. The intimacy they displayed as their friendship grew, and at times became tested, was inspired by a director (Tom Hooper), who obviously has a much better understanding of intimacy than most of society has. In fact If I had one complaint with the movie (a minor one at that), is that the relationship between the two was a bit "overshadowing" in comparision with the relationships with their individual wives. I believe however, that it was done intentionally. Despite that, Helena Bonham Carter did indeed turn in another fine performance in her own right. I normally find British period pieces (especially from a historical viewpoint), rather boring, but I was mesmerized by the story from start to finish, which is yet another reason I have to admit that I will be at least somewhat disappointed this movie does not win for best picture, Especially since this was much bettor than most of the other award considered movies that came out later in the year, most of them pretty decent on their own merits. The showing I attended was close to being empty, so I suppose this will be a movie that will not make a lot of money, but I encourage those who find themselves debating between this movie, and one of the more traditional Hollywood releases, to take a chance and make an "intellent" choice. I truly believe you will not be