Wednesday 19th January 2011

The King's Speech

Director: Tom Hooper
Year: 2010
Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce

As I sat down to watch this I thought "oh no, what have I done? I've assumed this will be good and given no consideration to the fact that it might be rubbish. Now I'm going to hate it and be so disappointed". I'm thankful to say then, that it's not rubbish, and I wasn't wrong to listen to all the positive reviews it has been getting.

The King's Speech is all about King George VI and his ascension to the throne - focusing especially on the fact that George VI stammered. A lot. I have to admit it's a part of the history of the British monarchy I know very little about (although I know a little more now).

The strength of this movie is its ability to make the royal characters people you actually care about, who have normal human flaws, but are also very definitely members of the monarchy. However, it also manages to place this very human story in the context of the time successfully, so you learn some history at the same time (if you don't know it already). Having the start of World War II as a backdrop to what's happening somehow makes it all the more poignant.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.