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The King's Speech

"The Kings Speech" tells of the story of the man who is King George VI (Colin Firth), the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (`Bertie`) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 10 Feb 2011
Genre: Drama / Historical
Running Time: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
Distributor: Cathay-Keris Films
Cast: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall
Director: Tom Hooper
Format: 2D

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Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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Watch this if you liked: "My Fair Lady", "The Queen", "A Single Man"

Director Tom Hooper tried to make "The King Speech" as accurate as possible to the actual history, although it does not fail to exaggerate on certain parts (be it in characterizations or scenes) for dramatic effects. The depiction of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, for example, as selfish antagonists rather than who they really were in real life. Certain scenes will remind you of Audrey Hepburn's "My Fair Lady" (1964) while the other of "The Queen" (2006), and if the movie did choose the path to emphasise on Bertie's speech impediment, it might have become a serious version of "My Fair Lady", sans the lady, the musical and the famous black and white dress.

However, the film chooses to go beyond the story of a stuttering prince who became a king, and focuses on the relationship between Bertie and his speech therapist, Lionel. It broadens into the story of his past and personal life, and why he is the stammering person that he is. And instead of a film about a doctor and his 'patient' - it becomes a story of friendship between a commoner and a royalty.

Colin Firth is remarkable as King George VI, and it was reportedly that Queen Elizabeth II herself was touched by his portrayal of her majesty's father. The pairing of Firth and Geoffrey Rush as the witty Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue as the unlikely friends is interesting. It is also refreshing to see Helena Bonham-Carter playing a 'clean' duchess/queen for a change after playing several lunatic characters prior to that, in the likes of the Red Queen and Bellatrix Lestrange.

Fans of modern European history will love the inside representation of the royalty - especially what went on before King George VI's famous Declaration of War speech on the outbreak of World War II in 1939. The cinematography is stunning and although the movie is predictable from the start, it is without a doubt a finely crafted historical drama that can please the audience.

Or at least the good old British humour might amuse you.


Cinema Online, 07 February 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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