|Poster for The King's Speech|
It only opened in 5 theatres in all of Canada this weekend, so we bought our tickets online and drove in early. We ended up in line about an hour before showtime and there were already at least 50 people ahead of us. My social husband (I like to call him the Squire) started chatting with two ladies in front of us after they asked us to hold their spot in line. It ended up as a hilarious dissertation by the ladies on why my Squire could not just put on Wellington boots and end up looking like Mr. Darcy. "It's the brooding, you have to be brooding and mooning... you can't just put on the boots!" He looked slightly crestfallen as they were laughing at him. I told the ladies to watch out for Jennifer Ehle as Lionel Louge's wife as she likely wouldn't look much like Lizzy Bennet anymore, especially dressed in 1930's fashion.
|Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist Lionel Logue|
|Colin Firth as Bertie (King George VI) in full uniform|
|A sweet look between King Bertie and Elizabeth (the Queen Mum)|
Anyway, there are many other familiar faces in this such as David Bamber (Mr. Collins from P&P) in a very brief cameo. There are quite a few Harry Potter alumni also such as Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) as Elizabeth (Berties wife and the future Queen Mum) looking as sane as we have ever seen her onscreen. Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew) as Winston Churchill was a bit of a stretch, but Michael Gambon (Dumbledore as well as appearing in most Period Dramas) always gives a great performance, here as Bertie's father King George V.
|Poor Bertie with one of those anxiety causing microphones|
On the way out of the theatre, I overheard a teenage boy behind me say "Thanks for dragging me to see this Dad. I thought it would be boring but it was great!" So feel free to drag family members, even teens to this. There is some swearing (although only for comedic effect and the teens will think it's really cool anyway) so you may want to prepare Grandma if you are taking her. The music is fabulous and the Squire leaned over during the dramatic speech and whispered "They're playing Beethoven's 7th", just in case you needed to know that!
I had tears in my eyes as I made the customary run to the ladies room after the film and I was not the only one. I think the fact that my parents would have heard that speech on the radio, and my grandparents and even my great grandparents really got me emotional and even now the tears are pricking at my eyes.
So there is my enthusiastic review of The King's Speech. Now go see it as soon as it comes to your city.