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“The King’s Speech”

January 14, 2011

I went to see “The King’s Speech” starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush on Wednesday.

UK poster for "The King's Speech"

It’s an excellent film with terrific performances all round.  Does it deserve all the Oscar hype?  I really couldn’t say as I don’t get to the pictures (listen to me!  Who calls it “the pictures” anymore?!) often enough to be able to compare it to other possible contenders.  However, it’s well worth the price of a ticket (even better if you take advantage of a certain mobile telephone network’s 2-for-1 mid-week offer like we did).

I particularly enjoyed the fabulous period details.  Sad, I know, but I got very excited about the early radio and recording technology on display.  Look at these wonderful microphones!  I can just picture myself onstage singing into one of those…

"The King's Speech" - the Duke of York speaks at the Empire Exhibition

"The King's Speech" - Lionel Logue records the Duke of York

"The King's Speech" - King George VI addresses the nation

And there’s some pretty nifty 1930s and 40s furniture and fittings.  Get a load of the wallpaper inside Lionel Logue’s home:

Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue in "The King's Speech"

Whether you’re a fan of all things 1930s and 1940s or just enjoy a beautifully made film that will entertain, amuse and move you I urge you to to go and see “The King’s Speech”.  It really is first-class.

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