Monday, August 6, 2012

Movie Monday: The King's Speech


Yes, it's time for another week of "Kirsti finds the Olympics dull, so watches awesome British movies instead"! 

This week's movie is so good that when it came out at the movies, I left work early to go and see it. This movie trumps FLEX TIME, you guys. So if you haven't seen it, you definitely should.
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Reasons why The King's Speech is awesome:
1. Colin Firth as King George VI (Bertie). Look, if you don't love Colin Firth, I'm not sure we can be friends. He's such an amazingly versatile actor, from breaking your heart a little bit in serious roles like this one to wearing ridiculous costumes in Mamma Mia to sporting SPECTACULAR sideburns in Pride and Prejudice. He deserved the shit out of the Oscar he won for this.
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2. Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue. I love Geoffrey Rush, and not just because he's from Melbourne. It's nice to see him playing an Australian for a change, too!
3. The scene where Bertie swears wildly.
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4. Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen Mum. I'm not a huge fan of HBC, but she's completely spectacular in this. 
5. The relationship between Bertie and the Queen Mum. They're adorable.
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6. Michael Gambon as King George V. Such a total asshat, but he plays the part brilliantly. 
7. The scene where Bertie tells a bedtime story to his daughters. I mean, come on. He impersonates a PENGUIN. How can you not love it?!

8. It won four Oscars, and deserved every single one of them.
9. David Seidler, the screenwriter, stammered as a child and heard Bertie's speech on the radio. He wrote to the Queen Mother asking permission to make a film about Bertie's story. She gave him permission, but asked him to wait until after she died because the memories were too painful.
10. Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle Logue.
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11. The costumes. They're pretty awesome.
12. Mini Queenie and corgis!
13. Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill.
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14. Mr. Collins is in it!! Okay, FINE. David Bamber's in it. But still. It's awesome. Because, you know, it wasn't enough to have Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet reunited.
15. The scene where Bertie's practicing his breathing with the Queen Mum sitting on his stomach.
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16. Derek Jacobi as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
17. How it can make you cringe one minute and laugh hysterically the next.
18. Guy Pearce as King Edward VIII.
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19. The scene where Churchill is walking Bertie to the sound booth to make his speech to the nation, and confesses that he, too, had a speech impediment.
20. The scene where Myrtle comes home from bridge early to find the King and Queen in her house. Hilarious.
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21. The Royal Family watching the coronation in the attic at Buckingham Palace in lawn chairs. 

Plus, as always, the following quotes:
- "What was your earliest memory?" "I'm not... -here to discuss... -personal matters." "Why are you here then?" "Because I bloody well stammer!"
- "Do you know any jokes?" "...Timing isn't my strong suit."
- "My husband's work involves a great deal of public speaking." "Then he should change jobs." "He can't." "What is he, an indentured servant?" "Something like that."
- "David? I've been trying to see you." "I've been terribly busy." "Doing what?" "Kinging."
- "All that work down the drain. My own brother, I couldn't say a single word to him in reply." "Why do you stammer so much more with David than you ever do with me?" "'Cos you're b... bloody well paid to listen." "Bertie, I'm not a geisha girl." St... stop trying to be so bloody clever." "What is it about David that stops you speaking?" "What is it about you that bloody well makes you want to go on about it the whole bloody time?" "Vulgar, but fluent; you don't stammer when you swear." "Oh, bugger orf!" "Is that the best you can do?" "Well... bloody bugger to you, you beastly bastard." "Oh, a public school prig could do better than that." "Shit. Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit!" "Yes!" "Shit!" "Defecation flows trippingly from the tongue!" "Because I'm angry!" "Do you know the f-word?" "F... f... fornication?" "Oh, Bertie." "Fuck. Fuck! Fuck, fuck, fuck and fuck! Fuck, fuck and bugger! Bugger, bugger, buggerty buggerty buggerty, fuck, fuck, arse!" "Yes..." "Balls, balls..." "...you see, not a hesitation!" "...fuckity, shit, shit, fuck and willy. Willy, shit and fuck and...tits."
- "You still stammered on the 'W'." "Well I had to throw in a few so they knew it was me."
- "Hello? Is anyone there?" "I'm just in the loo!!"
- "Would I lie to a prince of the realm to win twelve pennies?" "I have no idea what an Australian might do for that sort of money!"

Also? I'm pretty sure I've found the most interesting member of the Royal Family EVER: George VI's younger brother, Prince George, Duke of Kent. He was basically the Captain Jack Harkness of royalty. AWESOMENESS.

Anyway... Have you seen The King's Speech? Did you love it? Do you pine for the days when Colin Firth had Mr Darcy sideburns??

K xx

21 comments:

  1. I haven't seen this, but just based on the picture above I'm going to guess that you liked HBC in this because she wasn't acting like a lunatic? She looks so normal I wouldn't have recognized her if you hadn't pointed out who she was. (At least, not from the pictures, I probably would have if I saw the movie. Maybe.)

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    1. It's true, it was an awesome change from seeing HBC play a batshit crazy character. But I guess that's really just proof of how fantastic an actor she is, that she can jump between roles like this and roles like Bellatrix Lestrange!

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  2. I did love it! I think I should watch this again soon :)

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    1. I'd forgotten how amazing it is. Definitely worth a regular rewatch.

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  3. I love this movie! I've only seen it once, but it's completely brilliant. I definitely have to watch it again. It's so funny, but then you also want to cry.

    OMG LIKE DOCTOR WHO!

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  4. Such a fantastic film! I too need to watch it again soon :)

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    1. It really is. And I'm still so thrilled that Colin Firth won the Oscar for it.

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  5. Is that last bit a trick question? OF COURSE I PINE FOR THE SIDE BURNS.

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  6. You had me grinning as I read the swearing bit. The boys in the office think I'm mad.

    Also, that's Jennifer Ehle?? I had no idea! I thought she looked familiar (she looks a lot like an Australian actress whose name escapes me) and realised the accent wasn't quite right, but then, I had no idea that she wasn't British in the first place!

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    1. I didn't realise the first time I saw it either. I picked up on Mr Collins, but not on her for some reason! WEIRD. Although I guess I'd never seen her in anything but P&P, so it's not ALL that surprising??

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  7. I always love HBC, no matter what. Her acting is always so well done. You should see her in The Heart of Me. That movie gets me every time, and it's so amazing.

    I also love Geoffrey Rush. He's perfect in pretty much everything he does, and I wish I could hug him.

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    1. If you come to Melbourne, you might be able to! He lives about three suburbs away from me, and regularly frequents the local Dymocks bookshop.

      I love real life HBC for wearing non-matching shoes and bizarre outfits to premieres. And I love her in this and in Harry Potter.

      Mostly what I don't love is "HBC plays the exact same role in yet another Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp". Because zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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  8. Oh God, I really want (nay, NEED) to see this movie. I can be scheisse when it comes to going to the movies...I know, right? I'm a freakazoid. Colin Firth is a god. Can't wait to see this movie. Self, get yo' ass into gear! Also, I totally wish I could use "Kinging" as a response...freakin' brilliant. xo

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    1. I kind of feel like I need to kidnap you and not release you until after you've seen all the movies I think you need to see...

      And yes, I wish I could use "kinging" as a response too!!
      xx

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  9. Jennifer Ehle was in this movie and I didn't notice? This seems outrageous. On the other hand, there were so many people to notice in this movie that I simply must have run out of time to spot her.

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    1. There really were so many people in this movie. I didn't notice her the first time around either. I think because I'm so used to seeing her with really dark Lizzy Bennet hair that it completely threw me to see her with anything else! But the minute someone pointed it out to me afterwards, I was all "HOW DID I NOT NOTICE THIS?!?!?!?!"

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  10. This is another one where I won't read your post until I see the movie. Which I NEED to see. I've been told by a bajillion people that I need to see it...I just haven't yet. Ugh. Sometimes I fail as a theatrical/entertainment enthusiast. ((sigh))

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    1. I think this is definitely one of those movies where you need to be in the right frame of mind to see it. So while I will concur with the bajillion people and say that you NEED to see it, I completely understand that you haven't yet.

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  11. I think my favourite part about this movie was how it humanised the royal family. The Queen Mother and George VI were beloved for good reason - they genuinely cared about the country (my grandparents who are Scots adored them and what they symbolically did during WWII). It's just a beautiful movie with such HEART. And the performances are brilliant.

    (I'm such a little monarchist. I voted YES for the republic but I love everything about the royal family)

    I must write about George V's death sometime. I've been meaning too for a while. Seems his doctor overdosed him right at the end to make the announcement time more convenient ;). And then of course, there's poor old Prince John. Hmm. So many interesting topics!

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