Friday, 28 January 2011


Stars: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Gambon, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall

The Plot: The King's Speech is a true story about Britain's King George VI (Colin Firth) who suffered a debilitating stammer and was helped to address a nation over the radio at the onset of World War Two by his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush)

Rated: 12A

Running time: 118 minutes

Award Nods: 12 Academy, seven Golden Globe, 11 Critics Choice and four Screen Actors Guild awards nomination.

It would be a HUGE injustice and understatement to say this is the film of the year since its only January but using my power of foresight I can see it being hard to top this one in my eyes.  It’s a rare thing for me to be gripped by a film, the last being Inglorious.  I admit I was a little dubious as it had so much hype and its not my normal sort of film.  Firth is splenetic, humourous and heartwarming all rolled into one sexy British ball.  It is no surprise he is favourite to win best asctor award.  Helena Bonham Carter is wonderfully charming as Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Geoffrey Rush is a great comic actor.  My favourite scene being with him sitting in The Coronation Chair.This film has it all: great actors, a great story and a pretty interesting lesson in British history.  I came away with a lot of knowledge and a desire to know more.  I was on Wikipedia the next day!  Its dramatic, funny and engaging and I was left wanting more. 

A big fat five stars!!  Cant wait to see it again.


  1. I was a bit dubious too as I thought the stammering would be difficult to watch, but it was pitched perfectly. Great way to learn a bit about history too, with all the Wallis Simpson stuff. I think they all deserve Oscars!

  2. I agree - I was so pleased for them all last night!! Bring on the Oscars!! I really must watch the other films first though.

    Thanks for commenting :)