Rebirth of Reason

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The King's Speech (2010)

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Director: Tom Hooper
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The movie is the story of two men who overcome an obstacle by means of rationality and courage and who form a personal bond despite having nothing else in common.  The writing, acting and staging are uniformily excellent.  Bonham Carter is memorable as the smart-mouthed duchess, later queen (known to most of us as the late Queen Mum), holding her own against the formidable male leads.

Technically it takes up an interesting challenge: to make a visually enthralling story about a man's struggle to learn to talk on the radio.  Much of it is, perforce, talk scenes that could have come across just as well on the stage, but the climax and final triumph could only have happened on the screen.  This means that, as with any good movie, you should see it in a theater on a full-size screen.
Added by Peter Reidy
on 1/02, 2:09pm

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