The Kings Speech

By Alison January 22, 2011 11 Comments 2 Min Read

My friend Kath and I are like chalk and cheese in almost aspect of living in which it is possible to differ and yet it is with her that I laugh the loudest, let the tears flow and always tell the truth. We are each other’s plus one’s. Once united in the horror of being unexpectedly declared single Mommies, never to be torn asunder.
But sometimes she goes too far.
Today she offended every bone in my daft body by falling ASLEEP during the beautiful cinematic experience that is The Kings Speech. How is it even possible to fall asleep in a noisy cinema? Is it me? Because let it known, here and now that she isn’t the first to close her eyes, while supposedly enjoying my company in the cinema. Oh no, sit next to me in the picture house, and eyes close quicker than I can say popcorn.
While usually I am willing to let such sleepy misdemeanour’s pass with little more than a disappointed tut, today I am outraged on Colin Firth’s part, because quite frankly acting of this calibre deserves an attentive audience. An audience quietly willing him to stammer his way through each and every sentence. An audience inwardly gasping at the simply divine sets and understanding every ounce of the love reflected in Helena Bonham Carter’s wet brown eye’s as she too, wills her on screen husband to banish his demons and take center stage in a country at war. A country relying upon him.
It was wonderful. One of the finest films I’ve seen in a very long time. While Colin Firth is both understated and dignified, and Helena Bonham Carter does fabulous justice to our beloved Queen Mother, it was every scene in which Geoffrey Rush, who plays Lionel  the Kings speech therapist, that resounded with me: for his nerve, and commitment not to King and country but to helping a man who initially will not be helped. For failing to kow-tow to protocol and instead seeking the humanity behind the crown. For being willing to teach that which he believes in, even when his credentials are questioned and his expertise questioned. For believing. Yes. For believing.
But the real star of the show? Oooooooh that sofa. And that wall. An aesthetic analogy of the differences between the two men around whom the story centres and a scrumptiously delicious example of why grandeur is always best accentuated by the genuinely shabby. I swear I was swooning. So much so that I felt the urge to poke Kath and insist that she swooned with me. Which she did. And then closed her eyes. And smirked- just because she can.
And then we went to Asda. And Kath chased down a roll of porridge oats while I wandered around dwelling on royalty and history. On what has been lost in this country and what we have gained through the sheer determination of men like Bertie and Lionel. On family and what it is to stick with someone through thick and thin, no matter what their demons are. On what it is to help them face them, even when the thank you’s aren’t coming thick and fast.
I dwelled on it and then I bought some blue cheese, a packet of salami and a pink bar of milk chocolate with smarties tucked inside it.
Hey ho. Go see. Stay awake. Prepare to swoon.
Happy Saturday night Darlings.x


  1. Gena says:

    I really cant wait to see it! for whatever reason I have always been totally obsessed with this era of royals,I fancy I have read every book published on the subject of Wallis Simpson and Edward,this lead on to the story of his brother whom of course took over the role of King and of course our beloved Queen Mother who's role I think,was never fully appreciated until recent times.Fascinating stuff.Am so glad you gave it a good review,looking forward even more so now!

  2. Sally Hackney says:

    I want so badly to see this. But I'll probably have to wait for the DVD. You have made me even more excited to see it. And you made me laugh-out-loud about your friend. Sally

  3. Katherine says:

    Anything Colin Firth, I am interested in!! 😉

  4. Lesley says:

    Really looking forward to seeing this – I'll just have to hope it comes to Skye soon. 🙂

  5. Hausfrau says:

    Oh, no way would I fall asleep during "The King's Speech"! But I must admit to nodding off twice during yesterday's viewing of the utterly ridiculous drivel that is Jack Black's "Gulliver's Travels." My husband, kids, and I all agreed that poor Jonathan Swift must be turning over in his grave!

  6. mimi xxx says:

    Oh it is a wonderful film! I loved it so much…and wondered how, in just 40 years we went from those wonderful clothes to shell suits and such horrors? Not that I ever had a shell suit, but you know what I mean!

  7. Lynda says:

    you forgot the Deco wallpaper…. eek!

  8. Karla says:

    I've been wanting to see this movie!! I am starting a list of the movies I need to see. I rarely fall asleep during movies.

  9. Natasha says:

    I so agree with you! I hope that the 3 of these fine actors win an Oscar, especially Mr Rush, a fine Aussie man!
    Best wishes,

  10. Danielle says:

    I went to see Black Swan which I thoroughly enjoyed but I definitely want to see The King's Speech too. It sounds wonderful. Hope you are well. x x x

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