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The King’s Speech

“The movie is sold out!” my friend exclaimed as she and her husband joined me in the theater. We had really good seats. I had accidentally managed to get there early enough to get seats right in the center, close enough, but not too close. People looked at the seats I was saving for my friend and her husband with envy, and it was all I could do not to make a sign against the ‘evil eye.’ 🙂

Whoda thunk? Who would have thought a movie about an English king with a speech problem would sell out the entire theatre?

Must be word of mouth. The film is really, really good, and takes a personal tragedy and turns it into an inspiration. You wouldn’t think there could be anything funny about tackling such a problem, but the movie has some very very funny moments – the king, George VI, actually CAN speak without a stammer when he is swearing, when he is singing, or when he is very very angry.

His unorthodox speech tutor gives the King a new vision of himself, and helps him find insights into how the problem developed. There are some very moving moments, and some highly inspiring ones, too. All in all, the movie keeps moving, keeps you informed and makes you glad you spent the money on movie tickets.

January 2, 2011 - Posted by | Biography, Cultural, Education, Entertainment, Family Issues, Leadership, Relationships


  1. My parents saw this film last night – and they loved it! Its gotten amazing reviews – I’m eager to see it!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | January 2, 2011 | Reply

  2. Saw this movie on Saturday–I loved it! Have you seen “The Fighter”? It was also fabulous. Will probably be the top two movies at the Oscars!

    Comment by momcat | January 3, 2011 | Reply

  3. Little Diamond – I think you will love it, too. 🙂

    Momcat – I haven’t seen the fighter, but I have seen the previews. I was afraid it was too violent – but if you think it is fabulous, I will have to give it a try. I’m hearing good things about True Grit – have you seen that?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 3, 2011 | Reply

  4. I too feared The Fighter would be gratuitously violent but hubby wanted to see it. It was done like movies used to be with enough violence to get the point across without milking it. There was suprisingly little blood in it as it is about the people not the fights. I walked out really liking the depth in the film. True Grit is on our next to see list. My film snobby older daughter liked it so it should be good.

    Comment by momcat | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  5. I am also eager to see True Grit. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  6. I thought it has the feeling of a documentary, now this will motivate me to watch it.

    I have a friend who has a similar condition, the thing is about such speech stuttering people ability to speak coherently when singing, cursing or even story telling is that they don’t think when they speak, when they use their memory and emotions they will be stammering-free, but once you start a conversation with them then they will stutter with no end. Unless you want them to run the conversation with then singing for their replies.

    Comment by Touché | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  7. Touche! Touche! I have wondered about you so often. Comments are off on your blog, so I haven’t been able to contact you. I often wonder how your life is going, and if you have been able to find any small happiness?

    I think you will LOVE this movie. It is warm and funny and very human. I hope you can see it outside Kuwait so that you can see it uncensored – it’s not that there is anything objectionable, but there is cursing, although it is really very very funny.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  8. Wasn’t Colin Firth amazing? I saw it in the States and thank God we got there a little early because it was sold out also. There weren’t any young people in the audience (I guess I would be the youngest which aint sayin much) – mostly the grey-haired crowed. I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie where the entire audience applauded at the end. It was a great “feel good” movie and I enjoyed learning the history.

    Comment by Desert Girl | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  9. My experience here was the same, DG, and I was one of the youngest in the house, LOL. The audience also applauded, which one hardly ever sees anymore. I had expected it to be more frothy, and was just blown away by the sensitivity and humor with which the subject was treated. I’m finding I really like seeing movies in movie houses; I’m tired of watching them at home, even with the large sized screens. There are things that just don’t translate so well to seeing movies in the home, IMHO.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 5, 2011 | Reply

  10. Very considerate of you, I’ve been lurking around silently.

    Well, as usual I have to wait for the dvd release to watch it, at least now I know that I’m going to watch a decent movie, not many have been produced lately.

    Comment by Touché | January 9, 2011 | Reply

  11. Have you seen the Swedish movies of the Stieg Larsson books, Touche?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 9, 2011 | Reply

  12. You mean the “girl with the dragon tattoo”? Incidentally, I’ve watched it 2 weeks ago, compelling movie, though it had the traumatizing scene with her social supervisor. It was brilliantly directed with fine acting.

    Comment by Touché | January 22, 2011 | Reply

  13. I agree! I understand the US is making the same movie; I wish we wouldn’t. The Swedish one is so Swedish, as is the entire series. They are better at capturing some of the nuances that make this such an interesting series, including the victim who refuses to stay victimized. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it.

    Have you seen True Grit?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 22, 2011 | Reply

  14. I read the news about the American remake of the movie, I haven’t read the novel itself but based on the movie, I think David Fincher is well equipped to make a decent one and who knows, he might end up winning an Oscar after so many nominations and just like the compensated Oscar for Scorsese in “the departed”.

    I’ve seen “true grit” and what a marvelous one, I was really disappointed that it didn’t win the Oscar for cinematography, I think it is was one of the best I’ve seen lately. And that little girl “Steinfield” I can’t really believe it’s her first major role!! She really nailed the part, the tone, the gestures, the posture, the facial expressions, I was blown away with her acting. Beware Dakota Fanning, you’ve got a real contender.

    Comment by Touché | March 4, 2011 | Reply

  15. Oh! I haven’t seen True Grit yet, and I am dying to! Now I really must. I think it is coming out soon in DVD.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 4, 2011 | Reply

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