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Monday, February 28, 2011

The King's Speech

This weekend I found myself seated in a cinema with my eyes glued to the screen, watching a movie about an underdog who get's a chance to make his mark on the world. No, I'm not talking about Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never". Justin Bieber may seem like king of everything but he still has a long way to go before he's anywhere close to filling the shoes of the king in the oscar winning film "The King's Speech".

Normally I'm not into the style of British cinema but I have got to say that "The King's Speech" contained all the right ingrediants that make up a good story.  Like all great movies, there is a protagonist with a flaw that he must overcome in order to fulfill his destiny. In the case of the movie, it was his speech and stuttering problem. With the aid of a speech therapist who has a bag full of unorthodox methods and absolutely no formal credentials to back him up, the soon to be king George faces his worst fear head on.

The story almost seemed like a modern day Moses and Aaron, Bertie being moses and his brother being Aaron. At first glance, when you look at the two brothers, one has the skill, charm, and charisma and appears to be what people think a King should be. But his character flaws become apparent when he his character makes a decision to abdicate the throne and all his kingly duties and obligations to marry who he loves....leaving Bertie as Britain's one and only hope.

I won't give away too much of the story now that after the Oscars many of you will probably be rushing to go see it. But I will say that history shows that everything happens for a reason. I wonder where England would be today if the events that happened in the movie played out differently and it ended up his brother ruling instead of him. Would they have survived the war?

Behind every great man is a great woman and Queen Elizabeth the first would prove herself worthy of her royal title.  The quote that you see below is her response to the idea of sending her children to Canada or her leaving London during the 8 month Blitz when Germany bombed England day and nite.
 "The children won´t go without me. I won´t leave the King. And the King will never leave" - Queen Elizabeth

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