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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

C: A Movie Outing Recommendation

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

17 comments:

Vee said...

Thank you! It sounds like just the thing to lose oneself in for a couple of hours.

Vickie said...

Thanks for the tip, C! Tony and I have seen several movies over the holidays, but hadn't seen the trailer for this one yet. Will have to check it out!

lemonverbenalady said...

Loved it as well. Not enough of these kinds of movies made. Not in the target group any more!

Sandra said...

I thought it sounded good. Thanks for the tip. We will definitely see it now. :0

kath001 said...

Oh, I've been wanting to see this one! I'm off this week, so maybe I'll sneak away for a big tub of buttered popcorn, a large soda, and a pleasant escape during the middle of the day tomorrow. :)

joolzmac said...

Thank you - it's a movie that I probably wouldn't go and see but will now try and get to in the next week or so while it's still playing. I do love Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush (yay! for the Aussie!) just seems to get better and better as time goes on.

Cheers - Joolz

Linda Lou Rogers Averitt said...

hey!! good to hear from you:)) love your blog!!!

Zuzana said...

The love story of Edward and Wallis is my all time favorite and the King's abdication has always been the most romantic gesture I have ever heard off.
Even though this film deals with his brother, I am sure it must be very well made as it touches on a historical and a very realistic subject.
I will most likely not get the chance to see this film in cinema but will wait for the DVD release. Colin is by far one of my most favorite actors.;))
xoxo

Vivianne said...

Elizabeth the Queen Mother always blamed Edward and Wallis for George's early death; she refused any contact with them. And it was far from romantic: Edward went against everything he was born and trained to do, he threw away his responsibilities for a supreme gold-digger. Although, I guess, in some ways, just as well, since both he and Wallis were said to have Nazi sympathies.

KathyB. said...

I think we will have to see this movie, the trailer and your word have persuaded me.

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I like movies like this.........I have not seen this yet! Sounds good. blessings,Kathleen

Joy said...

Yes, I SO want to see this movie!!

Verde Farm said...

Everyone is talking about this movie. I am a speech-language pathologist and I hear it is a move I will love :)

Pondside said...

I choked up just watching the trailer - I'll definitely have to see it.
I laughed at the previous clip to - with Sinbad. Here I sat, like a crazy woman, laughing by myself. Too, too true!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for leaving your sweet comments. TGD is getting better little by little.

Debbie said...

Will definitely make a 30-mile trip to see this one. Thanks.

carla said...

Joe and I went to see this movie on your recommendation (after I researched it on screenit.com). Excellent! Absolutely excellent. We both loved it. And it was really gratifying to me that the theater was nearly full.

When we were in England back in 1999 we saw a documentary about the abdication. It said that Edward's obsession with Simpson was the reason given for the abdication - that the government was seriously worried about his pro-Nazi politics (which is not conjecture). Edward would be briefed on matters of state during the day and that night the Nazis would be discussing the information on during dinner. He was giving it to Simpson, and she passed it on to the Nazis.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up on "The King's Speech". I don't keep up with current movies anymore and this was a delight. Our grandson has serious speech issues, so it's particularly pertinent to our family.

carla said...

I phrased that comment poorly; should've used the preview button.

The documentary said Edward wanting to marry a divorced woman was a huge problem, but not the biggest reason he shouldn't be king. But they didn't want to expose the pro-Nazi thing to the public, so the romance was convenient and given as the legitimate excuse.

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