Tip: Please Go See 'The King's Speech' During the Holiday Break
by Alex Billington
December 17, 2010
Yes, this is some very blatant shilling for a studio, but I saw The King's Speech myself at the Toronto Film Festival (read my review) and it's one of my favorite films of the year, so it deserves all the support I can give it. I'm not sure why, but not many know about The King's Speech yet, and whenever I mention it to anyone, I'm still asked, "what is it?" So this is my plea to go see The King's Speech during the holidays, as it will be expanding wide into 600 theaters on Christmas Day, which means a lot of you will finally have the chance to see it - and you should, even if you don't know what it's about (in case you don't, watch the trailer here).
This quote-filled advertising image came in an e-mail from a publicist recently and I thought it would be a good final kicker for this film. Now there's no excuse not to see The King's Speech, especially considering it was on Roger Ebert's Best 10 of 2010 at #2 and received a leading 7 Golden Globe nominations this week.
The story of King George VI of Britain (Colin Firth), his impromptu ascension to the throne in 1937, and the speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) who helped the monarch overcome a challenging speech impediment.
The King's Speech is directed by Emmy winning British filmmaker Tom Hooper, of Red Dust, Longford, the John Adams mini-series and The Damned United previously. The screenplay was written by David Seidler, of mostly TV movies previously, including Malice in Wonderland, Dancing in the Dark, Quest for Camelot, The King and I and also Kung Fu Killer previously. After premiering at the Telluride & Toronto Film Fests, The Weinstein Company released The King's Speech in limited theaters on Thanksgiving week, November 26th, and has been expanding it ever since. It did quite well its opening weekend. "This holiday, experience the most triumphant and enthralling movie of the year!" Go for it, I know you won't regret it, it's wonderful!