Thanks again to Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday for choosing this month’s genre.
In case you missed any of the review, here’s a recap:
- The Founder (2017) – Paul
- Ford V. Ferrari (2019) – Aaron
- Napoleon (1927)- David
- Lincoln (2012) – James
- Rocketman (2019) – Darren
- Saving Mr. Banks (2013) – Rob
- Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) – Aaron
- The Queen (2006) – Emily
- Punk Singer (2013) – Paul
- First Man (2018) – Aaron
- Sid & Nancy (1986) – David
- Selma (2014) – Rob
- Goalie (2019) – Ryan
- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) – Aaron
- The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) – J-Dub
- Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017) – Paul
- Tatsumi (2011) – David
- The Disaster Artist (2017)
- Bill W. (2012) – Quiggy
- Loving (2016) – James
- Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) – David
- The King’s Speech (2010) – Rob
In addition, I watched and reviewed 12 movies for my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Unfortunately, only two of them will now be considered among my favorites of the genre.
- Amelia (2009)
- *John Adams (2008)
- Unbroken (2014)
- Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018)
- Steve Jobs (2015)
- A Beautiful Mind (2001)
- Barry (2016)
- American Sniper (2014)
- *Wilson (1944)
- Rough Riders (1997)
- Running Brave (1983)
- If You Could See What I Hear (1982)
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Joe of The MN Movie Man and we will be reviewing our favorite Summer Camp Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jun by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Joe!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – 4 (17 Jan 2011, 9 Jul 2013, 30 May 2019 and 26 May 2021)
Brief Synopsis – The Prince of England tries to find a professional to help him with his stuttering problem.
My Take on it – Amazing story that resonates so well no matter how often one watches this movie.
Colin Firth is superb in the lead role and was quite deserving of his Oscar for Best Actor for his work in this film.
The story manages to stay interesting throughout and that has much to do with the chemistry between Firth and his co-star Geoffrey Rush.
The way that they are able to play off one another is exquisite and is able to remain powerful throughout.
Love the way that this film tries to show the class differences within the country and how even a story like this can slowly breakdown those barriers.
The teacher-student relationship is quite believable even given the circumstances and things stay so fascinating from start to finish.
The way that things are shown due to the changes in ‘modern’ technology helps keep thing fresh and intriguing especially when you add in the political and personal aspects of this prince who has no ambitions of becoming a monarch, yet watches in horror as that eventually comes to be due to his speech problems.
Helena Bodham Carter is great as Firth’s wife and we can truly feel the loving relationship between the two as they both try and do what is best for themselves, but also what is best for their nation at the same time.
In addition to Firth winning an Oscar, the film won 3 more; Director (Tom Hooper), Original Screenplay and Best Picture.
Truly and amazing biopic!
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Nine weeks before filming began, Lionel Logue’s grandson, Mark Logue, discovered a large box in his attic that contained his grandfather’s personal papers. The box held Lionel Logue’s diary, his appointment book, notes from his speech therapy sessions with King George VI, and over 100 personal letters to Logue from the King. It also contained what is believed to be the actual copy of the speech used by George VI in his 1939 radio broadcast announcing the declaration of war with Germany. Mark Logue turned his grandfather’s papers, letters, and diary over to director Tom Hooper and screenwriter David Seidler, who used them to flesh out the relationship between Logue and the King. Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth also read through the material for insight into their characters. The exchange in this movie between Logue and King George VI following his radio speech (“You still stammered on the ‘W’.” / “Well, I had to throw in a few so they knew it was me.”) was taken directly from Logue’s diary. Firth insisted that it should be included in the movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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