The King's Speech

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Bailey_, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Bailey_

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    Just home from the movie - absolutely fabulous!! Colin Firth is wonderful. Loved it for so many reasons. If you are looking for a good movie to see this holiday season - I highly recommend the King's Speech. Wonderful movie!!
  2. Allen

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    I can't wait. Now if only the snow would melt at my parents' so I could get home and actually go see the movie :)
  3. Wyliefan

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    Going to try to see it Friday. I can't wait!!
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    Fantastic movie. Firth and Rush are PHENOMENAL.
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    I really want to see it!
  6. bek

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    Good movie! Tremendous acting.
  7. Aussie Willy

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    I saw it yesterday. Definately worth seeing. Really enjoyed both Firth and Rush but also liked Bonham-Carter as Queen Elizabeth. Strange to watch someone from recent history being portrayed as the younger version of what we know.

    The character I loved was Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue. She was lovely and did a great Aussie accent. I didn't even realise it was her.

    What I also love about these types of movies is it makes you get on the internet and learn about the people that are being portrayed. Gets you brushing up on history.
  8. soxxy

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    I can't wait to see this. Firth was so tremendous in last year's A Single Man.
  9. Auntie

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    Is this okay for young teens? From what I can tell, the only reason it was rated R is because of the F word. Swearing isn't an an issue for me as long as every other word isn't F'ing this and F'ing that.

    The other problem will be finding a theater. I don't think there will be a lot of demand to for this movie in South Georgia. I will probably have to hitch up the wagon and head into the big city.
  10. Allen

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    :swoon: I love that movie. I think I love it even more because Tom Ford directed it.
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    There are only a couple sections of swearing. In fact, those scenes were quite humorous in my opinion. That is the only possible reason this got an "R" rating. There is no violence or sex. It is a fantastic movie and yes, I would take young teens.
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    I really hope it will be showing here by the weekend.
  13. KatieC

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    Was supposed to go last Wednesday, but the outing got called off. So now I'm supposed to see The King's Speech tomorrow. Really looking forward to it.
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    I am a Speech Pathologist and a great fan of The Kings Speech. The fact that this movie got an R rating is fairly controversial. The production company appealed the R rating fearing that teens that are being bullied by their speech would be denied the opportunity to see this very inspirational film. Sadly the appeal was denied.
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    Absolutely LOVED this movie. Firth is beyond amazing but everybody is good in this. Guy Pearce, for instance, makes a wonderful despicable Edward. I'm sorry to hear about the R rating just because of the "therapeutic" swearing. I'm pretty sure that if the King had been shot in the head instead, it would only rate a PG-13 so it's quite hypocritical.
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    I went to this movie thinking that I would hate it since I stutter and usually hate the "look at x overcome his disability crap" but my love for politics made me want to see it. I do have to say they did a very commendable job. I liked it a lot and have been recommending it to people. Not overly schmaltzy and certainly realistic. Firth's stutter was actually quite good. I usually HATE when people try to attempt it because it is rarely done in a realistic way.

    Certainly the King's stutter was far more mild than my own, but I thought the subject matter was handled very well. Speech therapy was not presented as a cure-all and for that I was very, very grateful.
  17. Bailey_

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    I too loved seeing Bonham-Carter portray a young Queen Elizabeth. I have only ever known her as "the Queen Mum" and it was fascinating to see that she had such a love for her husband - she supported him with a strength that I found very intriguing. Fascinating to see the Monarchy portrayed too - the distance from the commoners and the role of the children in the family and the fact that unlike Berthie's parents, they seemed to show more affection for the children than previous generations. Interesting to put it against the backdrop of William's upbringing with Diana and the impending nuptuals (I found Westminster Abbey is imposing to say the least). Also loved the time period - there is a scene where the King walks freely in public and nobody notices him at all. It was fascinating to realize that with no television and likely the only images known to the public printed in the newspaper, the average person may not even have known what the King looked like. Such a different time - made me see so clearly the changes that have occurred and why the monarchy has struggled to adapt.

    I too went with Speech and Language Pathologists who raved about the movie. The acting was superb! They thought it was a very real portrayal and very accurate in the techniques that continue to be used today.

    And, the swearing should not keep anyone from watching the movie. It is quite humorous actually, and I would definitely recommend this movie for teens.
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    I stutter too and I'm looking forward to this movie. :) I recognized some of the exercises they did, although there was no swearing on my part. :lol:

    If you listen to the famous speech IRL, it's clear George was not cured of his stutter, but it had become more manageable.
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    And your post sent me off to google who was the Queen Mum. Little did I know that she also was named Elizabeth. Sheesh, do I ever feel stupid cause I couldn't reconcile your first sentence in my brain thinking that you were mixing the current queen with her mum. Yeah, I be brain dead.
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    Right; I appreciated the fact that they did not depict him as being "cured" at the end given his real life experience.

    There was no swearing for me in my years of speech therapy, but I am one of the many who don't stutter when I am screaming obscenities (or singing).
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    I want to see it but I think I'll have a very hard time getting my husband to see it with me. So I guess I'll have to see it on my own.
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    I think it would depend entirely on the teens in question. Aside from the swearing there's no objectionable content ... but I can't imagine that most young teens would be remotely intereseted in this movie. Particularly American teens. But if you know the kids and their interests, and think they'd be into it, and don't mind the occasional swearing, go for it!

    BTW, I was lucky enough to see this at a preview and as I posted a couple of weeks ago, I loved it. For the reasons others have stated -- as well as the beautiful relationships depicted. Best movie I've seen this year.
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    Saw this yesterday. Fantastic acting from all sides. Just shows that you do not need action/violence/sex, for a movie to be entertaining. The swearing scenes were hilarious and I didn't find them at all offensive. It was a fascinating look into the royal family at a different time when they were difinitely set futher apart from the real world...and it was very interesting to see the scenes with Wallis simpson and how that abdication changed everything. Excellent.

    Thought where Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth were introduced to be very funny, not only for the scene, but for the fact that they were Elizabeth and Darcy in the wonderful Price and Prejudice mini series that pretty much made Colin famous. It was also interesting to note that the annoying male cousin from that mini series was the actor who played the guy who rejected Logue when he was on stage trying for a part.
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  24. Aussie Willy

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    In Australia this movie is rated M. I cannot believe that it is rated R (is it in the US?). R for Ridiculous. So a whole group of people can miss out on this movie about a very important part of history which they might learn something from just because of one word!!!!
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    And that never even crossed my mind. :lol: I loved P&P.

    If you want to see Firth in one of his early movies check out Apartment Zero. Very different flavour of movie.
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    Oh, they get introduced? Cool! I was wondering if they had any scenes together.
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    I saw the movie and enjoyed it. I don't think it deserves Best Picture, but it had great performances by everyone around. Love Colin Firth and found Helena Bonham Carter wonderfully warm.
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    Loved it. A gentle but very engrossing story.
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    Oh my...Colin is THE Darcy. I even liked David Rinthoul in an earlier BBC P&P very much. But yes....Colin is THE quintessential Darcy-to me anyway. And again in Bridget Jones movies, figuratively speaking.

    However, he is also quite the VALMONT! There are two versions of Dangerous Liasons. Colin was Valmont, with Annette Benning. My goodness, he is gorgeous!

    http://the-clever-pup.blogspot.com/2009/08/valmont-vs-dangerous-liaisons.html

    Sigh! Just give him the damned Oscar for lighting up my fantasies and be done with it.
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    I loved that movie so much! I recommend it to everybody I can.
    I would not hesitate to take teenagers. Yes, there is a lot of swearing, but it's an emotional release, not "evil intent" swearing.
    Of course I googled Logue afterwards and was happy to see they got the facts straight.
    The techniques he uses have a lot in common with singers' and actors' preparation, and the ever- faithful google told me he graduated from Music Conservatory in Australia and then acted. The movie got it right. It is nice to read that real speech therapists, and people who know about the stuttering, have no objection to the movie- it's an important test of how real it is.
    The movie is sooooo touching, and inspiring ( and yet not tear- jerker schmalzy, but quite real), and the acting is so good! I might see it for the second time.
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    I loved this movie. Colin Firth was so amazing. The acting was superb all around. And the story was very moving.

    I certainly hope that they give Firth the Oscar.
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    Or Another Country - the first movie I saw Colin Firth in with a young Rupert Everett and Cary Elwes.

    I can't wait to see this -but it isn't playing here so I may have to wait for DVD :(
  33. KatieC

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    Saw it tonight and totally enjoyed it. Interesting that it was sold out both last night and tonight, a week after it opened. Thankfully a friend got there early and bought my ticket! I did try to ignore the feeling of seeing Dumbledore again when watching George V. I do like Colin Firth.
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    Really?? I'm glad you mentioned that. I'd better try to get there early on Saturday.
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    This sounds like the next movie we must see!
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    I so very much want to see this thing. As many here know, I'm into the Royals and Royal History, and admire George VI so very much for all he had to deal w/. The stutter and his other health issues, the Abdication crisis and then World War II. His marriage to the Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon truly was the making of him and she also gave him something he hadn't had before; a loving home and relationship.

    I have the greatest of admiration for him and I'm so happy this movie is bringing his, as well as Lionel Logue's, story to light.

    The reviews I've been waiting to hear though are in this thread and it's from those who do suffer w/stutters. Thanks to you all and for all of you to be happy w/the movie and how they portrayed the therapy given, that's more important to me than any of these high brow Film Critics. :)

    I *really* want to see this thing, but due to location, it's not looking good. There was an excellent article written by the man who wrote the screenplay that I read through the Royalty MB I belong to. He also stutters, so that's a good reason why so much of it was dead on, but there's also other things he touches on. TKS went through a very long journey from intention to the screen.

    I'll see if I can find it over there and share it here. :)

    edited to add...Found it!!

    The Mail Online ~ How the 'naughty word' cured the King's stutter (and mine)
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  37. Karen-W

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    I went to see this fabulous movie tonight! I knew it was playing in the Portland area already and planned on going wherever I needed to go (be it downtown or wherever) but was pleasantly surprised to discover earlier today that it was now showing very close to my home, so I decided to treat myself out tonight. Just loved it. Such a unique perspective on the era and a really fascinating story. I loved the three leads - just superb!

    And yes, yes, to the comment about Guy Pearce playing such a delightfully despicable David. One of my favorite actors, quite underrated but he gets some great little roles.

    I loved the set decoration and costuming. And Westminster Abbey was... Wow. I just loved the whole movie. I have no idea what sort of a chance it holds in the Best Picture race but it truly is a film that brings something fresh and different to the table. Not an epic drama the way Braveheart or Titanic or The Lord of the Rings trilogy but still a movie with so much heart and passion. Firth, Rush and Bonham Carter better get some acting awards though. Just first rate acting all around.
  38. jkl

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    Loved loved loved it....go see this movie!
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    I saw it and loved it! A great story, one 'we know' but from a different angle. Also the privileged person that really did not have everything, family dynamics. Love when a movie portrays true friendship and a real and happy marriage. Great acting. Firth for the Oscar!
    Swearing - yes there is some, but it is really amusing.
    My on distraction - Logue's office - is run down. But I just love the muted old painted walls. Very cool!
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  40. Bunny Hop

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    Saw it today. Great movie. Everyone go and see it.

    Great cast, great acting, great script, great story, great music. It deserves every Oscar it probably won't win.

    It was also largely historically accurate (for the bits we actually know about at least), proving you don't need to use dramatic licence to have good, entertaining story. And thank goodness to finally see a historical drama that kept the social conventions of the time, rather than trying to modernise things on the assumption the modern audience wouldn't understand.

    My husband said it was the best movie he'd seen all year - ha ha, as it's New Year's Day - but I'm prepared to go out on a limb and say it's likely to be the best movie I see this year.