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The King's Speech

King's Speech Movie Poster Late this afternoon we went to see The King's Speech starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter. The movie tells the story of King George VI of England, his debilitating stammer, and the therapist who was able to help the king overcome his speech disability. Had the King been born much earlier, his stuttering might not have been as much of issue, but by the time George VI came to the throne, radio broadcasts were regularly made by the monarch.

We thoroughly enjoyed the movie and since getting back home, I've spent quite some time reading about George VI, Edward VIII, and Wallis Simpson on Wikipedia. I've also read several newspaper reviews of the movie—both the compliments and criticisms. The one surprise to me is how badly Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were portrayed in the movie.

We go to very few movies while they are in the theater, preferring to watch at home either on Blu-Ray/DVD or after they are broadcast. So, maybe 2011 will be a year in which we turn this around and return to more frequent trips to the cinema.




I also have seen this movie and thought it was one of the best I have seen in awhile. I think it was quite an honest portrayal of Edward and Wallis and the feelings of the time.

What I was amazed about was the humanity of George VI and his love of his family. How can the present Queen be so impersonable when her father was so personable? Whatever happened to her to make her this way?