'The King's Speech.' Yes, I briefly obsessed over the reality
of the story, just as I always do, but despite the liberties taken with the timeline, I found it enjoyable as both a straight story *and* a work of historical fiction.
Colin Firth was wonderful, as was Geoffrey Rush. And both Charlie and I were surprised at how much we enjoyed Helena Bonham Carter as the future Queen Mum. By playing such a 'normal' character so well, she proved what a good actress she really is.
It was interesting to see the take on the whole Edward/Wallace Simpson thing, much opposed to the romantic version we Americans grew up with. I can remember our mom's take on it--later well dramatized on such shows as 'The Waltons'--where the abdication was seen as the ultimate courageous choice. In TKS, it's revealed as both a relief and a copout. Clearly Edward was not the right man to be king.
The character of the American socialite deserves further study; she definitely did not come off well in this story. But the actress certainly looked the part of Time magazine's first Woman of the Year (in 1936).
And, by the way, we definitely found it slashy. Gotta go find the fanfic cruisedirector
has written and check it out!
On the reality front, we postponed Friday's press conference due to our imminent 'weather event,' and I did, indeed, lose patience with one of my most stalwart staffers. But all of this will eventually improve . . . and we got our grand marshal announcement scheduled and a positive answer on Astoria's involvement.
Progress can sometimes seem glacial, but it's definitely inevitable.