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Review: The King's Speech

Royal flush
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 14, 2010
2.0 2.0 Stars


Given that England's George III ran around pissing blue from porphyry, his great-great-great grandson, George VI, got off pretty easy with just a stutter. And certainly Nicholas Hytner's The Madness of King George (1994) is a lot more substantive than this precious bid for kneejerk Oscars. No doubt Colin Firth will get at least a nomination for his portrayal of the title monarch, who finds himself on the throne and in front of a radio microphone when his bullying father, George V, dies and his elder brother, Edward VII (Guy Pearce), abdicates for the love of a not-so-good woman. Likewise, Geoffrey Rush will get a nod as Lionel Logue, the Australian speech therapist without portfolio or good breeding who uses unorthodox methods to whip George VI into shape when the Nazis threaten to invade. The message from director Tom Hooper (The Damned United) seems to be that neither birth nor background nor any other qualification matters when you're leading the country — or treating those who do.

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What a ridiculous review. Get over your personal feelings and do your job as a critic by focusing on the merits or lack of merits of the film.,
Posted: December 15 2010 at 2:17 PM


"precious bid for kneejerk Oscars"! -- love it -- spot on

this film was a nostalgic, dewy-eyed fantasy of the "good olde days" of the brutal British Empire (before most of their colonial holdings were consumed by "ally" Yanks, including much of the Middle East, India, ad nauseam) -- propaganda of the most well-acted and -written sort, but propaganda just the same
Posted: December 26 2010 at 11:41 AM


"Breeding"? Are you serious? What century were you born in?

As far as "lack of qualifications" - you are obviously unaware of Logue's background. In July of 1919, Logue's achievements in working with shell-shocked WWI soldiers were documented in the "West Australian" under the dramatic headline "The Dumb Speak." Is a piece of paper the only evidence of qualifications you're interested in? If so, I refer you to the doctor who stuffed the king's mouth full of marbles.
Posted: December 27 2010 at 10:15 AM


Hope not too many people take this review to heart and miss this great film. Compared to the dung that's out there in the theaters, this movie is a treat.
Posted: January 06 2011 at 6:10 PM


completely worthless review. its the review, not necessarily the movie that is utterly lacking in substance. and why does a movie have to have a message anyway. I don't think this movie is intended to be inspirational and uplifting and all that.
Posted: January 10 2011 at 7:52 PM
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