The King's Speech

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This week, I had the pleasure of seeing The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Let me tell you up front that the film is rated R and earned an A-III (for Adults) rating from the USCCB.  I went into the theater knowing very little about the film and emerged wanting to see it again and share it with friends.

The King’s Speech focuses on the speech impediment of the Duke of York and his unlikely rise to become King George VI.  I accompanied my teenage sons to see this film which earns its R rating for a few instances of very bad language – in the context of the film, these cursing scenes don’t seem too gratuitous, but rather the viewer perceives them as a part of the unorthodox “treatment” that helps Prince Albert (Firth) to overcome a life-long stammer.  With his methods, elocutionist Logue (Rush) works to gain his clients trust.  What ultimately results is not only the overcoming of a disability, but a friendship that helps the Prince to pursue his destiny with confidence.

Along with being a film about triumphing over adversity, this is a film about relationships.  The first flickers of friendship between the Duke and his therapist, the obvious love between the Duke and his wife, the painful relations between the Duke and his parents, the broken relationship between the Duke’s brother and rightful heir to the throne and his love interest – all open our eyes to our own intimacies and our treatment of those we love most.

If you’ve seen The King’s Speech, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the film.  For the Bishops’ review, click here and to hear the original speech which is at the focal point of the film click here.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

4 Comments

  1. Thanks, Lisa, for telling us about this movie. I plan to see it soon–when I get a break from studying.

    I first heard about this film on the Stuttering Is Cool Podcast:
    http://www.stutteringiscool.com/stuttering/chatting-about-colin-firth-and-the-bsa/
    According to Daniele Rossie, the host and producer of this podcast, “I speak with BSA Chief Executive, Norbert Lieckfeldt, about the history, present and future of the British Stammering Association and his recent, excellent interview with Colin Firth, star of the movie, The King’s Speech.”

  2. We saw it over the holidays, too. I had only heard of it the day before, and it was fabulous. The acting was amazing and it was very entertaining. You wouldn’t think that a movie about such a subject would be gripping, but it was.

  3. We have seen it twice..The performances were amazing.. The actors were each incredible and as a team were great. Would highly recommend.. The instances of language which made it R were hardly noticeable. Loved Colin Firth especially.

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