‘The King’s Speech’ trailer

Posted by · 11:04 am · September 23rd, 2010

What else can we really say about “The King’s Speech” at this point? The bulk of two Off the Carpet columns have already been dedicated to this early frontrunner. It captured audience support at Toronto. And now we wait for it to open and, hopefully, pull in some decent coin. The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for the film via Yahoo! Movies and it’s a bit awkwardly edited for my tastes, but at least you all finally get a good look at what’s in store. Check it out by clicking the image below or watch an embed after the jump.

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  • 1 9-23-2010 at 11:21 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’m glad you don’t think the trailer shows the film in its best light — because I must confess, if this arrived with no advance hype at all, I wouldn’t be looking forward to it after that.

  • 2 9-23-2010 at 11:22 am

    davidraider88 said...

    Wow, that looks great. Can’t wait

  • 3 9-23-2010 at 11:22 am

    tintin(uruguay) said...

    This is the front-runner? mmm…may be the movie is superb, but the trailer…

  • 4 9-23-2010 at 11:23 am

    Dylan said...

    Whoa, I got chills from that trailer that I did not expect to get.

  • 5 9-23-2010 at 11:35 am

    Jim T said...

    The trailer kinda sucks. I hope the film has a totally different character.

    “Why should I listen to you?”
    “Because I want an Oscar!”
    “Yes, you do”

  • 6 9-23-2010 at 11:47 am

    Katie said...

    Awful trailer. I was going to Facebook it to whip up some enthusiasm in my non-film blog friends but this won’t go down too well.

    Have to wait until Jan 7th to see this in the UK, ugh.

  • 7 9-23-2010 at 11:47 am

    James said...

    I don’t hate or love the trailer. I like all the footage I’m seeing despite it not being promoted in a completely affective way.

  • 8 9-23-2010 at 11:58 am

    Sean C. said...

    The individual scenes look fine, the trailer itself isn’t; it jumps around too much, and lacks flow.

  • 9 9-23-2010 at 12:12 pm

    Duncan Houst said...

    “Never judge a film by it’s trailer” seems to be the recurring theme for trailers today. Still, I rather liked what I saw here, and I can’t wait to see the film on Saturday!

  • 10 9-23-2010 at 12:37 pm

    Michael W. said...

    If The King’s Speech becomes a player, I can’t see anyone but Colin Firth winning the Oscar.

  • 11 9-23-2010 at 12:46 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    I think they are going the crowd pleaser route for the trailer. Its like they want to be the Brit pic and Blind Side all at once.

    “You’re changing that boys life”
    “No. He’s changing mine. ”

    It kind of feels like the opening to Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, or when the Jamaican Bobsled team picks up the bobsled and carries it across the finish line in Cool Runnings. Or when Rudy gets carried off the field. kind of like when Richard Gere swoops up Debra Winger. or when Tony Danza Catches that line drive in Angels in the Outfield. All goosebumpy

  • 12 9-23-2010 at 12:48 pm

    JJ said...

    Wow. I mean, not the ‘best trailer ever’, but I definitely get the picture. Can’t wait to see this.

  • 13 9-23-2010 at 1:00 pm

    André (FINALLY recovering from his mugging!) said...

    I don’t know why people dislike the trailer, I thought it was quite wonderful!

    sad that this won’t play here in the Rio Fest.

    actually, this is one of the worst years for our festival in quite a while!

  • 14 9-23-2010 at 1:06 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Glad there are others feeling the same thing.. Not a particularly good trailer. Feels kind of rushed and just a mish-mash of footage. I do agree with the sentiment that if I didn’t already know about the glowing reviews and reactions seeing just this would do very little to make me want to see it. A shame really if the film itself is that good. One can only hope the Weinsteins put together a second trailer down the line if they want to get more butts in the seats.. this one won’t cut it.

  • 15 9-23-2010 at 1:08 pm

    Ella said...

    I think it looks great. It captures the dynamic between the two men, and the gravity of pre-WW2 and Hitler’s threat, with some humor thrown in.

  • 16 9-23-2010 at 1:19 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    Hmmm… Looks good, despite the trailer.

  • 17 9-23-2010 at 1:35 pm

    Andrew M said...

    Yeah I agree with everyone else on here that this trailer isn’t that good, but the movie it self looks really good. Looks brilliantly shot too.

  • 18 9-23-2010 at 1:52 pm

    Patriotsfan said...

    Looks a little on the stereo-typical side (too many “wow isn’t that profound” lines), but the basic story seems interesting, so hopefully it will be good.

  • 19 9-23-2010 at 2:21 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...


  • 20 9-23-2010 at 3:12 pm

    cineJAB said...

    I’m having a hard time believing that i might like this film more than Inception or Toy Story 3.

  • 21 9-23-2010 at 3:13 pm

    Angry Shark said...

    Looks like Oscarbait. Doesn’t help that it’s a Weinstein pony. But I’ll give this a fair shake nonetheless because Rush is never not awesome, and Firth should have won the Oscar for A Single Man.

  • 22 9-23-2010 at 3:45 pm

    SJG said...

    I think the trailer was sentimental and kind of overplayed its hand, but I feel pretty convinced that that’s just a failure of the marketing and not of the film. The cast comprises such an impressive array of actors, the story is genuinely compelling, and the whole thing gives every indication of being an artistically composed film that I can’t help but think that it’s going to be a quite good movie.

    Sometimes trailers just suck, and I think it’s especially difficult to make a period biopic about a rather obscure historical tidbit (“Oh no! The King has a stammer!”) look appealing to the masses in 2 minutes.

    It’s bad I think because the people making the trailer rely on conventions of advertising that seem “current” but then come to look dated in short order. Go back and watch the trailer for a movie like “Rain Man” for instance. Great movie, awful trailer (that probably didn’t look so bad at the time) but it got butts in the seats.

  • 23 9-23-2010 at 3:50 pm

    matsunaga said...

    I don’t want to assume anything but it seems like the Best Actor race is just between Colin Firth and James Franco?

    Firth in my opinion should have won for “A Single Man”… This man definitely knows how to plot a major redemption… He’s the one to beat this year…

  • 24 9-23-2010 at 3:54 pm

    DeJaVous said...

    Trailer tells too much of the story. I wanted to see this, and now I feel like I already did.

  • 25 9-23-2010 at 4:27 pm

    ninja said...

    Eh, A-grade Oscar wankjob. Firth will duel with Franco for Best Actor, though, and The Social Network will win Picture and Director.

  • 26 9-23-2010 at 4:37 pm

    Andrew M said...

    @Ninja I would say Best Adapted Screen play is more of a lock for The Social Network then Picture and Director. I hope your right though.

  • 27 9-23-2010 at 5:22 pm

    al b. said...

    I thought it was great, this thing looks fantastic!

  • 28 9-23-2010 at 6:40 pm

    Hunter Tremayne said...

    Nothing is beating this.

  • 29 9-23-2010 at 6:50 pm

    JJ said...

    Kris, hard to tell from the trailer (which I feel is disjointed, but shows the quality/possible greatness nevertheless), but is the movie more a comedy or drama? I can’t wait for the film. But I DO hope another trailer surfaces.

  • 30 9-23-2010 at 7:30 pm

    Glenn said...

    True, the trailer is technically not very good, but they don’t even really NEED to have a good trailer for this, do they? I mean, all the adults who care about seeing movies that are winning a lot of awards will go see it regardless and the only other target audience they need to single out is the blue rinse set and this trailer would be like bread and butter to them.

    What’s the point in trying to market this movie as “youthful” or, er, “not British”? They know who they’re marketing to and I’m sure they’ve sold a whole bunch of tickets that mightn’t have gone sold if they’d done some out-of-place modern trailer.

  • 31 9-23-2010 at 9:28 pm

    Drew said...

    Yeah that was kind of meh

  • 32 9-23-2010 at 10:03 pm

    JJ said...

    It’s between Duvall and Firth….Franco can’t knock either of them off.

  • 33 9-23-2010 at 10:14 pm

    Andrew Rech said...

    I see something good under this somewhat clunky trailer, Helena Bonham Carter looks great to me.

  • 34 9-23-2010 at 11:13 pm

    j said...

    I would prefer Facebook to look like the front-runner so it can lose steam and Speech can then overtake it with a grand sweep.

  • 35 9-24-2010 at 12:55 am

    André said...

    I still think “Social Network” will take the big 3, but this looks like it will get quite a few nods.

  • 36 9-24-2010 at 4:38 am

    JJ said...

    Hm, there’s two JJ’s now, it seems. Should I name myself JJ1?

  • 37 9-24-2010 at 4:50 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    You could post under your real name. ;)

  • 38 9-24-2010 at 5:57 am

    JJ said...

    True, Guy. That’s John. Though, I think there’s a “John”, too. Haha. I think I’ll do JJ1.

  • 39 9-24-2010 at 7:48 am

    ninja said...

    @Andrew (#26), I will be proven right. TSN is a timely, socially relevant movieand a biopic. AMPAS love those. This is just a perfect combo. And it`ll be a hit.

    King`s Speech will end up an actor`s movie. Firth will very likely score a win helped by the combo of critical acclaim + loss last year. Rush and maybe HBC will get supporting nods. But bottom line is that performances will be noted more than anything else. With TSN, it`s Fincher`s baby although the cast is stellar. But he is the biggest star. TSN and Fincher win.

    Of course, I`d always be more than thrilled for Black Swan or Inception upsets because I`m a die-hard supporter of genre movies.

  • 40 9-24-2010 at 8:28 am

    JJ1 said...

    I agree with ninja. I think Oscar WIN buzz is with TSN … for now. TKS looks great, but may wind up being an actors/technical acknowledgement player. But what do I know.

  • 41 9-24-2010 at 11:08 am

    JJ1 said...

    Kris (and to all who’ve seen it), what are TKS’s chances in editing, cinematography, & Score (particularly)?

  • 42 12-08-2011 at 4:38 pm

    Food Freak Frank said...

    I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about this movie. The trailer did make it look a little boring, but I love the cast so i’m pretty sure I’ll love the movie.