Last Saturday MIL, Mom and I took ourselves out to the movies! We splurged on popcorn and settled in, not knowing how wonderful a treat we were in for.
We went to see The King’s Speech, and I must say it is one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen in a long time. It is the true story of King George VI (“Bertie,” the present Queen’s father) and his ascension to the throne of England when his brother abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. His reluctance to take the throne was heightened by the fact that he stuttered and the thought of public speaking was an anathema to him. The story revolves around a self-taught “speech teacher” who helps him and, in the process, becomes his lifelong friend. See this:
This movie is beautifully shot and powerfully acted. I understand Golden Globes have rightly been bestowed, and I expect to see Oscars.
The movie takes you through the beginning of World War II, looming as “Bertie” was straining under being pushed onto the throne (what pressure!), and Mom and MIL got misty-eyed remembering the years they lived through the onset of the that war, too.
It is an excellent excuse to splurge on a movie—go for it! C