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Saturday, January 8, 2011

The King's Speech

How adorable was this movie? Those of you who haven’t seen it yet are in for a real treat. It was just darling. It’s about Queen Elizabeth’s father and his stuttering problem. Despite this stuttering problem, everyone in his horrible family keeps making him give speeches, so he has to fix it. Now, we know a movie about a speech an old king of England makes doesn’t sound interesting, but it is. In fact, an hour into the movie, it felt like we had been watching for about 20 minutes.

There’s aren’t explosions, sex scenes, twists, or special effects in this movie. It’s script, character, story, and acting driven. Normally, we would say to wait and rent this kind of movie, but we think it's perfect for an outing, so see it in theatres. It will leave most of the people in your group smiling, and it's the sort of thing you want to pay attention to. We loved seeing Helena Bonham Carter play someone normal and … dare we say it? ... cute. Everyone else was great too, of course. If you like European history at all (or good movies at all), you don’t want to miss this (not that this is really historically accurate). It isn’t one of those critical darling movies that you aren’t going to like. It may sound like a drag, but it’s not at all. That’s the only surprise of the movie (you’ll predict most of the plot after a few minutes, even if you know nothing about the historical figures involved), and it’s fun to see it unfold.

Movie Grade: A


  1. I COMPLETELY agree. I saw this movie because I was a history major in college and I am a nerd. I enjoyed this movie because it was surprisingly well done.

    And hilarious. I was STUNNED at how damn funny it was. Colin Firth used his typical humor, dry, quiet, and surprising. The entire theatre burst out laughing several times during the movie.

    It was refreshing to see Helena Bonham Carter act in a movie on her own merit instead of her hubby casting her, and play someone who wasn't criminally insane. It's nice to hear her real voice instead of that screeching or crazy-soft-cajoling "come here my pretty" voice. I actually enjoyed her!

    A rating from me too!

  2. Yes, it WAS funny. And agree about Helena stepping out of the nepotism.