Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Curzon, the King's Speech, and the Soul of the British
As a member of the Curzon, I was automatically sent information for London's film festival and scoped out what looked to me to be the best shows. I missed all of them as I was busy and ill at the time; however, I noticed that the film I most wanted to see, The King's Speech, was showing as a Curzon film in January, and that there were special previews for which I could apply for a free ticket.
Last night I was able to see my free showing at the Wimbledon HMV Curzon. It was worth the wait. Not only did the theatre have a lovely little cafe and bar, kind and friendly staff, and an intimate theatre of 90 seats with plush chairs, but the film was phenomenal (with the exception of a few moments of gratuitous swearing for which I plugged my ears).
Collin Firth outdid himself as the stammering, frustrated, sensitive George the VI. He should win all of the awards for his performance, as well as the supporting actors and actresses, writers, and directors.
I also gained a greater appreciation for the role of the British monarchs in the lives of their subjects. There is a scene where "Bertie" laments that he can't raise a tax or form a government to help his country, but must do the thing that is most difficult for him - speak. And yet, this role is so incredibly important, as King George (and Winston Churchill) provided the soul and stamina for the British people to withstand the terrors of World War II through the spoken word.