Hear, hear to "The King's Speech"

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 23, 2010 - 3:01 PM

Colin Firth wins our hearts in the tale of a tongue-tied king who, thrust into history's spotlight, learned how to roar.

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lvpops53Dec. 23, 10 3:58 PM

As a child and as a young man I stuttered very badly. As a child I went through speech therapy with a very fine woman in Minneapolis. I used speaking in public and reading aloud every night to over come this terrible condition. Today, the only people that know I have a speech impediment are my family, those who knew me as a child, and my wife. She has stood beside me for almost thirty years and knows just how difficult it can sometimes be for me. So I understand just how Edward VI felt when he had to get up in front of a crowd and speak.

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eggmanseaverDec. 23, 10 4:55 PM

I am really looking forward to this movie. It is only at this time of year, unfortunatly, that good, entertaining, adult films are consistantly released. Frankly, in this very dull year of movies, I can't think of a film I am more excited about seeing.

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sjhuotDec. 23, 10 7:48 PM

Way to go, lvpops53!

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craigtcassDec. 24, 1010:42 AM

I have been waiting since early September in Toronto for this film to arrive in the Twin Cities. As I read Colin Covert's review I was struck by the faux pas that he spoke of George VI was England's King. He was BRITAIN'S King, as he was also the King of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, therefore, GREAT BRITAIN!!!!! The other point, in error, is that George VI was KING GEORGE VI. I don't know why this protocol; and general knowledge, is so difficult to grasp. It is similar to your not using SIR when speaking of Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney or Sir Mick Jagger. You may not like it but that is the way of the world. Just get used to it and do the RIGHT thing.

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personDec. 24, 10 2:20 PM

craigtcass, there are many ways to refer to and identify our fellow human beings - and many of them do not involve disrespect. I seriously doubt that Paul and Elton demand to be formally addressed as "sir" very often. As much as I respect and appreciate history, honor, and the culture of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Irland - along with the entire Commonwealth - I'm afraid it's the way of the world, here in 2010.

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frankly20036Dec. 24, 10 9:32 PM

Don't get your hopes up too high. The movie is unexceptional. It has an attractive cast, obviously, and the story material is compelling. But there's nothing particularly special about it. Not even the highly praised performances are that noteworthy. You might enjoy it if you go into it with reasonable, not inflated, expectations.

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lvpops53Dec. 25, 10 1:50 PM

craigtcass. I misspoke when I called him Edward VI. I of course meant George VI. However, "Bertie" was the Duke of York. Not the King. As far as using titles goes, I will decide if I want to us a title or not. They, in England, may call him King or her Queen, but as an American, I don't. To me he is just George VI, or Elizabeth II.

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thecolonel63Dec. 25, 10 2:37 PM

Holy Battle of Yorktown. We got us a Canuck lecturing us on how to address the King of a country we whipped butt on twice before 1820, not to mention how to address a couple of rock 'n rollers. Keep your crown and knighthoods. Even your own country threw away a version of the Union Jack to placate your French population (you surrendered to the FRENCH!!), and adopted a leaf.

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wallyworldmnDec. 27, 10 8:33 PM

Excellent film, outstanding performances! Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. No CGI, slapstick humor or gratuitous sex. This film is is well done from start to finish. The situations and characters certainly deal with the issue of speech impediments but the film is more about how people in life handle their humanity. Highly recommended viewing!

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AlfredBergDec. 28, 10 1:35 PM

Right on Colonel, good comments. I'll just stick with George and Liz.

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