The cast if full of well known British actors and actresses: Colin Firth (Pride and Prejudice) as Bertie, Geoffery Rush (Pirates of the Carribbean) as Lionel Logue, Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland) as future Queen Mum Elizabeth, Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice) as Myrtle Logue (Lionel Logue's wife), Michael Gambon (Emma) as King George V, Derek Jacobi (The Old Curosity Shop) as the Archbishop among others.
|The Royal Family.|
Left to Right: Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth,
King George VI, Princess Elizabeth (later to be Queen Elizabeth II),
and the Archbishop.
Most of the scenes had a bluish tinge to them, probably to illustrate that it is more of a serious movie (thought there were some parts that were funny). Towards the end, there was more color in the scenes, but for most of the scenes in the movie, there was that bluish tinge.
While I am not used to reviewing modern costuming, I thought the costumes were very nice, indeed. I liked the fur trimmed coats that Queen Elizabeth wore; they were very classy. The men were dressed in suits, since they have to look nice as they are constantly watched by the press. Lionel Logue throughout most of the movie wore a pinstriped suit, while the royal/government men wore a classic black suit.
|King George V (Michael Gambon) reading the Christmas|
message over the radio.
The music is very nice! There are more serious pieces (since the film is more of a serious film), but the pieces are beautifully done. There is a lot of piano and string instruments used. There are a couple of pieces that are Beethoven, but the rest is, I believe, all original music.
The soundtrack is available on CD; you can listen to samples of the song at Amazon.
Wow! This was a good movie! For the longest time, nothing in the theater's interested me too much. I found that most of the movies that Hollywood released were remakes of older TV shows (in which case, I prefer the original), very inappropriate movies, or movies that were too young for me. Finally, a movie that actually appealed to me! It was well acted, well scripted, and just simply well done!
Now, the concern might be among many, as it was for me for a while, is the R rating. I saw that and was like "What was in here that it got that?!" Then I saw that it was for language. I thought that I should comment on it. There are only two scenes throughout the whole movie where bad language was heavily used; both times, however, it was a part of a speech exercise. This may be a possible spoiler, but in the movie, Lionel Logue notices that Bertie doesn't stammer when he gets angry; so as an excersie to relieve stress, he tells Bertie to swear and to let it all out. End of Possible Spoiler. The F word is dropped quite a few times during that particular scene among some other words, but those words were not aimed towards anyone, rather it was a speech exercise to relieve stress. The second scene does drop the F word a couple of times, but again, it was to relieve stress. Other than the swearing, there wasn't really anything too bad in the film. There was some talk about a scandal, but nothing is shown and is only spoken of briefly.
The King's Speech is currently in theaters. It is a limited released movie, so you might need to check with your local theaters to see if it is playing there. It is rated R for language.
Below are compairson pictures/portaits of the real people and the characters from The King's Speech. What is your opinion? Did they do a good job with casting similar looking actors/actresses?