Sunday, 30 January 2011

An Inspiring Film

I went to see The King's Speech the other day. Really enjoyed it. I came away with three things on my mind:

1. I had been so engrossed in the film that I didn't realise I had been sitting there for over two hours until the credits began to roll.

2. It's a simple story. A man – albeit the King – has a speech impediment. He hires an expert to help him overcome his difficulty. The chap cures him. Yet they managed to string it out for two hours. Now that's how to tell a story!

3. I remembered one line from the film. It went something like this - “You don't have to fear the things that scared you when you were five.” Which, thinking about it, could be what the film is all about. In fact, that could form the theme for a whole lot of stories.

4 comments:

  1. We saw this film too, on Saturday evening, and really enjoyed it. One of the best films we've seen for ages. I actually never realised he had a speech impediment, and thought it was very moving the way the friendship developed between him and his therapist.Glad you enjoyed it too.

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  2. Off to see it today, so I'll report back! My step-daughter (exhausted mother of small twins) found it too long, but we'll see.

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  3. I've seen it now, Keith and I agree. A really wonderful film, and some stunning performances. Only two (tiny) things jarred. One was the use of the word "loo". Apparently it's been around since the 1920s, but it didn't sound right somehow. And Princess Elizabeth was wearing lipstick at bedtime!

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  4. Glad you both liked it.
    It seems to be standard procedure in films that all actresses, whatever their age, must wear makeup to enhance lips/eyes/cheeks/whatever. Even if they've supposedly just trekked through a desert or a jungle with barely a sip of water to sustain them - and not a hair out of place either!
    I wondered if the swearing was true to life for a future King. Still, he was a Naval man so I suppose he must have picked up a few profanities. I understand the Americans intend to tone it down to make it suitable for younger audiences. Apparently the British censors thought it was o.k. for 12 year-olds as the swearing isn't actually directed at another person.
    Just a bit of trivia for you.

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