Main Menu
Random photo
Three Kathak Dancers with Bride and Groom

Three Kathak Dancers with Bride and Groom

I Give It A Year
Image of two mismatched silver rings on a year calendar

The Hobbit - Review
Ink drawing on parchment of the Lonely Mountain with a compass on the top left.

Hope Springs Review
Photo of a fountain.

More Sunsets
Sunset over the Thames and Canary Wharf. Click to go to Sunsets and Dawns Gallery for new pictures

The Sapphires Review
Photo of a green toy army truck on a boomerange resting on the strings of a guitar.

Review: The Wedding Video
Image of Image of three empty wine glasses on a white table cloth with place fanme with purpe bow, all in pinkish light.

Olympic Torch in Finchley
Danuta Ryland carrying the Olympic Torch through Finchley, London 2012.

blog header logo

SmartSection is developed by The SmartFactory (http://www.smartfactory.ca), a division of INBOX Solutions (http://inboxinternational.com)
Articles > Reviews > The King's Speech
The King's Speech

The King's Speech
by Chartreuse 20/2/2011 14.15

Outstanding film portraying triumph over adversity. The time sped by and suspension of disbelief was uninterrupted by either a false move or emotional button-pressing, as lower-middle Antipodean Geoffrey Rush engages with speech-challenged future king, Colin Firth. The royal, common and wannabe ladies are played with expertise and varying degrees of charm by the likes of Helena Bonham-Carter and Jennifer Ehle.

I have wracked my memory in search of faults and beyond one or two very minor quibbles found it flawless. The ecting may come acrawss as a little mennered to those unaccustomed to a nineteen-fifties upper-class accent but watch some movies from the period and you will find, yes, that really was how they spoke.

There are no characters without their imperfections. This is not a royalist PR exercise but Bertie and Liz, as she does hope Jennifer Ehle will not call her, emerge as two brave and likeable people, and a loving couple and affectionate parents (which raises questions of it's own but that's another and more modern-day story).

The 30-strong Saturday afternoon audience of mainly couples ranging from 20 to 60-something LOL’d at least half a dozen times at the gentle but acid humour, and I overheard nothing but approbation throughout the closing credits.

Anyone who is, or knows someone who is, dealing with the legacy of child abuse will appreciate, be inspired and assured by this film. Recognising and surmounting those who had a vested interest in his failure as well as learning of the unexpected numbers rooting for his success, this is a princely tale of victory against the odds and one based on actual events to boot.

Harrowing and suspenseful as any epic CGI battle, emotionally and intellectually involving, splendid sets and location, and the finest hour of the leads. This will likely shoot up into your Top Ten favourite movies. A Must-see.

  View this article in PDF format Print article Send article

Other articles in this category Hits
Now You See Me - And You Should
Red 2: Lively Nightshade
I Give It A Year - and Two Thumbs Up
Django Unchained - Bountiful Entertainment
The Hobbit - Through a Children's Book to an Adult Epic
Life of Pi - Do You Believe in Miracles?
Skyfall - The Rise of Bond and the Day of the Old Guard
Great Expectations - of Critical and Box Office Success
The Sapphires - Outshining Dreamgirls
Frankenweenie: Disney Does Horror
Once Upon a Time: Stories in Paint by Peter Gallagher
Hope Springs
Bells: Kathak and Aerial Ballet Fusion in Olympic Torch Day Celebrations
The Wedding Video: Wait for the DVD
Once Upon a Time: Stories in Paint by Peter Gallagher
Brave: A Tale of Bears, Conflict and Needlework
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift Warms Cinema Seats
Midnight in Paris - time-travel celebrating the present
Royal Academy - Summer Exhibition 2011: a private view
Harry Potter 8: The Last Battle
The 39 Steps - Ups and Downs at the Criterion
Camera Obscura - The Focal Point of Edinburgh
The World Cafe
Exuberance at Giuseppe's
Tax Disc Renewal Online - in Just 3 Days!
Wagamama for Gluten-free, Dairy-free Dining
The King's Speech
Blade Runner on Blu-ray
Apocalyse No!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Hogwarts: The Soap
Bruno - Fantastische Funkyzeit or OTT und Offensive
London Eye - Fast Track
Gum Check Up
Ice Age 3: Cool but Slow to Warm Up
Star Trek 2009 Movie
Armed and Dangerous
The comments are owned by the poster. We aren't responsible for their content.

Feel Better Films
Red petunia in rising sunlight

The Virgin Articles
Image of two small green plants in snow

Red 2 Review
Image of the digit 2 in red on a smokey black background

Django Review
Image of the letter D embossed on tan leather spattered with blood across the lower half

Life of Pi Review
Image of the symbol pi in a circle drawn in white sand on blue water.

Frankenweenie Review
Image of the word 'Frankenweenie' in a horror font in white on a black background.

Great Expectations Review
Image of water next to a muddy gritty shore with the words in white italic script: Great Expectations.

Bells and Kathak
Image of three dancers in red costumes holding a large bunch of white balloons

New Cranes Gallery
Three white cranes on the Shard

Ice Age 4 Review
Chalk drawing of Scrat with a nut.

Review of Brave
Image of Vue cinema internal glass door with red-haired triplet appearing to peep around it, an a poster of Brave in the background showing Merida.