Clips from ‘Never Let Me Go,’ ‘The King’s Speech’

Posted by · 8:34 am · September 9th, 2010

Clips are coming fast and furious for awards contenders these days.  Last week a pair from “Somewhere” and “Never Let Me Go” hit, and now, one more from the latter (which somehow turned up as an “exclusive” on two sites) and one from Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech.”

The scene from “Never Let Me Go” is actually one of the scenes that bothers me most from the film for a myriad of reasons.  It’s cut here before the real spoiler hits, so I guess it’s safe to view.  “The King’s Speech” clip does a nice job of giving you a sense of the visual style of the piece, which isn’t a tame, vanilla kind of filmmaking.  I think the perception (understandably) has been that this film will be a soft lob kind of vacant filmmaking, but I maintain that Hooper brings an interesting directorial signature to the work.

Both films are set to play the Toronto Film Festival over the next week or so.  Have a look at the clips after the jump and tell us what you think.

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  • 1 9-09-2010 at 8:49 am

    Drew said...

    A nice pair of teases. Out of curiosity Kris, what did you think of Derek Jacobi’s work in The Kings Speech?

  • 2 9-09-2010 at 8:55 am

    Step said...

    What issues do you have with the scene from the Never Let Me Go clip?

  • 3 9-09-2010 at 9:07 am

    Fitz said...

    Call me a philistine, but I just can’t muster any enthusiasm for Never Let Me Go.

  • 4 9-09-2010 at 9:08 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Issues that are spoilerish so I’ll wait.

  • 5 9-09-2010 at 9:44 am

    Emily said...

    Colin colin colin colin colin. Colin. Why doesn’t he already have an Oscar?

  • 6 9-09-2010 at 9:47 am

    Joe W said...

    Saw “Never Let Me Go” this week at a screening in LA. Overall I found the film rather flat. There never was any build or anything really pushing the story forward. The performances were all great but nothing I would say “must see” or “Oscar worthy”. The screenplay and cinematography were quite nice as well, I could see either one getting a nomination depending on the rest of the field. But if I were a betting man I’d say the film gets shut out come nomination morning.

  • 7 9-09-2010 at 9:51 am

    John said...


    Colin Firth doesn’t already have an Oscar because he spent his entire career making light-hearted, silly romantic comedies and playing the exact same character to the extent of near self-parody. That’s why we all love his cuddly, sweater-wearing mug, and that’s why it’s even more exciting that he’s finally being taken seriously as an actor.

  • 8 9-09-2010 at 11:03 am

    Danielle said...

    Here’s another clip, also spoilery, with Keira and Carey:

  • 9 9-09-2010 at 11:17 am

    JFK said...

    Kris, after having read your review of NLMG I decided that I wouldn’t let it influence my own experience with the film since you hadn’t read the novel.

    This latest comment on the clip only serves to bolster that decision as you seem to be under the impression that there is a big “reveal” in what is really going on at Halshaim. I know I’m not alone when I say that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put it together very early on in the novel, in fact when the copy I read included a single word that indicated the person who read it before me had only figured out what was going on 10 pages away from the end of the novel, I thought how daft they must be. Case in point, the spoiler you refer to, isn’t much of a spoiler and I have a feeling you may have missed the point of the story altogether.

  • 10 9-09-2010 at 11:28 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I didn’t expect a “big reveal.” Quite the contrary. It’s a much more nuanced beef than that, I can assure you. And it has everything to do with the actions of the characters (which fly in the face of intended an intended thematic structure) once they are made aware of their circumstances in this scene, a scene that may have worked fine in the novel but feels like spouted exposition when translated to cinema.

    In a nutshell, you’ve assumed far too much about how I took this film in and, well, you’re wrong in your assumptions. I just don’t think the story works, and if the film is indeed as faithful to the book as many say it is, then I would say it doesn’t work in “the novel of the decade” either. In my readings since seeing the film, I’m coming across many comments from people who felt the same way when they read Ishiguro’s work.

    (And I only mention “spoiler” because I imagine there are plenty who don’t know anything about this story going in, so why spill it, regardless of how quickly one might grasp it while reading the book or watching the movie?)

  • 11 9-09-2010 at 11:30 am

    Emily said...


    How dare you call What a Girl Wants light-hearted! But seriously, I agree with you and laughed out loud at your post when you used the adjective “sweater-wearing.”

  • 12 9-09-2010 at 11:37 am

    JFK said...

    I understand what you’re saying and I didn’t realize I was making assumptions of how you took the film in. I just pointed out that you may have missed the entire theme of the story, which is in the title and not something I saw you comment on at all. (whether for avoiding spilling the beans or not)

  • 13 9-09-2010 at 11:39 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Well you said I seemed to be under certain impressions that I wasn’t, that’s all. In any case, no big deal. I respect that the story resonates with so many but it just doesn’t click for me.

  • 14 9-09-2010 at 11:43 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    By the way, the scene with Madame that explains the title in the book is not in the film. It doesn’t really need to be, but just pointing it out.

  • 15 9-09-2010 at 11:49 am

    JFK said...

    No worries and the cigarette business in the film is not in the book.

  • 16 9-09-2010 at 1:12 pm

    Dooby said...

    The Kings speech clip piqued my interest in a film that otherwise didn’t seem to interest me apart from the actors involved. Helen and Colin looking quite good.

    I’m trying desperatly to avoid anything that might remotely be a spoiler for Never Let Me Go. Saying this I watched the interview with Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield on the web roundup and I must say it was very interesting and they are both very charming people. Had to cover my ears a couple of times though!

  • 17 9-09-2010 at 2:11 pm

    Andrew M said...

    I really liked The Kings Speech clip. Is there a trailer yet?

  • 18 9-09-2010 at 2:24 pm

    Leocdc said...

    A question. I really really want to see Never Let Me Go, but by viewing trailers on the net, I read what I believe is the “twist” of the movie, and make me totally sad. I wish I’ve never had that piece of information. So my question is: ¿How far in the movie that information is released? and knowing that info, can I enjoy the film yet??
    Please, answer me. Any comments would be nice to decrease my bad taste of mouth for knowing the supossed twist.

  • 19 9-09-2010 at 4:45 pm

    Ella said...

    Leo, I think the reveal comes less than a half hour into the film. Very much looking forward to this one, and glad it’s opening in a couple of weeks. I think there’s been some discussion about the passivity of the characters in accepting their fate. In a Time interview, Ishiguro acknowledges that it’s “antithetical” to the American approach of fighting back against a perceived injustice, but it’s a very Japanese thing, accepting your fate as a type of heroism. Interesting to think about.

    Really like the look of The King’s Speech from that clip. I like the way it’s composed and how the mic is almost another character looming in the scene. I felt disappointed when it ended and wanted to see the rest *now.*

    Thanks for these, Kris. It’s going to be a fun fall!

  • 20 9-09-2010 at 5:20 pm

    JJ said...

    Agreed. The TKS clip makes me want more!! Can’t wait til Nov. or Dec. (where I am, probably).

  • 21 9-09-2010 at 6:25 pm

    m1 said...

    7-But you have to admit, Colin Firth looks SEXY in a sweater.

  • 22 10-01-2010 at 4:18 am

    klip izle said...

    Cool info thank you