We will be attending the 4:15 pm showing of "The King's Speech" at the Guild 45th Theater in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood. This film created quite a buzz at the recent prestigious Toronto Film Festival, and it is expected to be nominated for several Academy Awards (film, director, actor). Here is a description from landmarktheatres.com:
Colin Firth (A Single Man) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine) are both Oscar-worthy in this heartfelt, funny, gripping story. Firth plays Bertie, the second son of King George V (Michael Gambon), afflicted with a stammer and overshadowed by his confident older brother, the heir to the throne (Guy Pearce). Bertie's loving wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) has tried everything to help him, and finally discovers something that works: maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Initially the enthusiastic, ultra-casual Logue and the repressed, oh-so-formal Bertie clash, but neither will give up, and ultimately they become good friends. When Bertie’s brother becomes King Edward VIII in 1936, he refuses to give up his lover (American divorcee Mrs. Simpson), resulting in his abdication and Bertie's extremely reluctant ascension to the throne as King George VI, leading a nation facing the horrors of looming war. The strong supporting cast includes Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Claire Bloom. Directed by Tom Hooper (The Damned United, "John Adams").
Here is the official trailer:
Here is the link to rottentomatoes; scan or read the reviews to see if this film is for you:
Here is a mini-review by Joel Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal:
My own movie love found its ideal object in "The King's Speech," which was directed by Tom Hooper from a script by David Seidler, and which I saw under ideal circumstances—no knowledge of what it was about, thus no specific expectations, although only an idiot would expect little from a film starring two such virtuosi as Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. In fact, the story it tells with surpassing wit and grace has been known only to scholars and historians since it unfolded in 1930s England prior to World War II; that's partly why the period drama seems so marvelously new. The main source of its vitality, however, is the electrifying counterpoint between Mr. Firth's magnificently tortured monarch and Mr. Rush's deliciously irreverent therapist (who broaches profound emotional issues without ever letting on that they're psychological). After a mostly drab summer at the multiplexes, here's a film that makes your spirit soar.
Meet me in the lobby of the theater. I am an Asian American male who wears glasses. I might be wearing a beret or a black rain hat. If I forget to bring headgear look for the guy who could be a member of the hair club for men. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program.
There will be a beverage hour prior to the movie. Please meet me in front of the theater no later than 3:00 pm. We will select a nearby establishment such as Tully's (across the street) or Teahouse Kuan Yim (one block west of Guild 45). If you show up late please call me,[masked], 7850, for our location.
After the viewing there will be an optional food and beverage stop at a local cafe or restaurant.