Movie Irv Reviews: The King’s Speech

If you caught Movie Irv’s 2011 Oscar Predictions, you already know that our resident guru called The King’s Speech a lock for a Best Picture nomination. Now, see whether or not Irv thinks the historical drama starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush actually deserves the high honor:

Don’t miss Irv’s upcoming review of another Oscar hopeful–Darren Aronofsky‘s dark ballet drama Black Swan.

  • Roger Lindberg

    Nice review on “The King’s Speech,” but Movie Irv should check his facts before putting the review on YouTube. The mini-series he referred to was “John Adams”—not Sam Adams! It was a wonderful series about a great president—and not the beer!!

  • George D. Allen

    Wow — well you can always feel free to blame that oversight on me, Irv’s man in the editing room. I’ve added an annotation to the review with our thanks to you. We did get the director’s name right, however — Tom Hooper — which is more than Time magazine can say.

  • Gerry-G-Goldberg

    11/26/10 New York City, AMC Loews Lincoln Square12(screens). Fri. opening @ 10:45 A.M.& arrived 10:30. Long fast moving line to 3 cashiers & as got to cashier “Kings Speech” sold out. Got 2 tix for 12:15 P.M.( me & partner Maura Gaines). At that, all seats filled. Theater manager announced, to our surprise, that at end an interview/Q&A with Director Tom Hooper. At credits, sustained applause. Interviewer – Annette Insdorf, Prof. Graduate Film Program of Columbia U. School of the Arts, & Director of Undergraduate Film Studies. My question was called for last. “This may be a rhetorical question, this is a brilliant small film; but why do you think you got this kind of turn-out on an opening weekend, in the morning?” Hooper’s responses were essentially that King George VI is little known in America now and that in the U.S. the Press ” story-line ” was and always has been about the romanic idea of King Charles giving up his throne “for the woman I love.” Then he joked, ” haven’t we just had an engagement?” He said also that it might be that these times are similar to the 1930″s – unsettled economically, socially & militarily. My personal opinion is that what brought out an early audience is empathy – the issue of stammering. Which is more widespread than realized and affects many individuals and families. Previously, Hooper also gave detailed answers about his use of lenses, framing & spacial relationships within, camera rhythms, cutting, shifting of shots since the most recent Film Festival screening, casting luck( Helena Bonham Carter teases him that she never agreed to do the film – as she fit her days in while shooting “Harry Potter”). Hooper also called “Potter’s” Director David Yates who agreed to give Hooper his “Potter” “cover dates” whenever possible. Hooper “adjusted his schedule” and “gambled on the weather” and “got lucky.”

  • Gerry-G-Goldberg

    A unique bit of information told by Director Tom Hooper was that he found in England the Grandson of speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) who had in his attic the dusty diaries of Mr. Logue. No one had ever seen or read these and so this was a found treasure. Hooper rushed to revise the shape,tone and dialogue of the screenplay At the end of the “Kings Speech” broadcast scene, the words exchanged between Lionel Logue and HRH George VI are direct quotes from that diary.

  • Gerry-G-Goldberg

    Regarding Geoffrey Rush: His performance was so subtle and nuanced that it may be overlooked. As Colin Firth’s was necessarily bravura.

  • Gerry-G-Goldberg

    By the way, and for the record, I had a brief moment to speak with Tom Hooper afterward and disagreed with the performance given by Paul Giamotti as John Adams, although it won an EMMY. I said, “he whispered through the whole film.” Prof. Annette Insdorf said, “Oh no.” I said,”Oh yes.” Hooper said, “you couldn’t hear him?” I said, “of course I could hear him. But John Adams was an intense, dynamic person !!” Moving my wrist and arm sideward, ” He just floated through.” Then I tapped Hooper an his right shoulder saying “Loved your film.”

  • Gerry-G-Goldberg

    “OOPS” It was King Edward (not Charles) who gave up the throne for ( Mrs,) Wallace Simpson, of Baltimore, USA “the woman I love.”