The King’s Speech
January 14, 2011
In this film, George VI is my favorite kind of hero, the Robin McKinley kind of hero, where he struggles and quests and succeeds not because it’s his dream to, or because he wants to be a hero, or has any ambition whatsoever. He’s going to slog through it because no one else will, because so many people are depending on him and he’s the person standing in that spot they’re looking to, and because he’s a good person he simply can’t let them down.
Someday I’m going to learn not to rush home and look up the Wikipedia bios of people I’ve just seen really good movies on. If I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have learned that most of the boys in Finding Neverland died tragically, fighting in World War I or drowning or killing themselves. And I wouldn’t have learned that George VI was only 56 when he died. (I knew he died in 1952, when Queen Elizabeth succeeded him. I hadn’t realized he was so young, and so ill.)