Monday, January 31, 2011

The King's Speech

I got a note from a dear Canadian blog reader today:

I know you are a movie aficionado, Ana. Last night, my family watched The King's Speech at our local theatre. It was such a lovely movie, that I just had to write. The King's Speech is a truly great movie that is made even better by the fact that it is a true story. It is set in England, with WWII on the doorstep, and a young and morally confused new king (Edward VIII) has resigned after only a few months on the throne. The new king, George VII, is a good choice for the throne, but has a very debilitating stammer. The age of radio is dawning, and the new king is expected to give all sorts of radio broadcasts....Go and watch it, Ana. Lots of history. Good cinematography. Well edited. Great acting. You will LOVE it.

PS the only disclaimer is that there are two instances of swearing the movie. The king's speech therapist uses the "swear words" technique in the king's therapy.

1 comment:

Candise and Crew said...

I went with a friend to see "The King's Speech" about King George VI and his stammering problem. Enjoyed it immensely! Colin Firth is still Mr. Darcy to me, and I love that Lizzy was "admiring him" in this film, as she played Mrs. Logue. (She was also great in "Possession.") As I am enthralled by history and British literature, this plot captivated me with its Shakespeare recitations and WWII news reels. Moreover, it was a touching tale about families, difficult relationships, and duty if not forgiveness. Of course, it was more fully appreciated since I'd already seen "Bertie and Elizabeth," a 2002 film which sheds more light upon his romance and marriage, and the politics of his brother's ascent and descent from the throne.