They Want To Re-Edit ‘The King’s Speech!!!

It has been revealed today that the director of the UK box-office hit ‘The Kings Speech’ wants to re-edit the soundtrack of the movie to make it more accessible to families in the US. To my knowledge, this is the first time such a thing has been done.

Colin Firth as King George VI

But why would Tom Hooper want to do such a thing? Well, it appears the film got downgraded from a PG rating to a 12+ rating in the UK (after complaints by the director) by the British Board of Film Censors. The reason for the original high rating was simple: foul language!

I have never seen the sense in bombarding the film-going public with foul language in the first place. For the last ten years or so, when Hollywood first introduced the cinema audience to this phenomena, language in the movies has steadily got worse.

For example, in the last twelve months I have heard actors using the F word in every breath and have to ask myself, why is this necessary? Is it for so-called authenticity? Funny, but the old-time film makers managed to get just as much of it into a movie with nothing more than the occasional ‘darn’.

The Real King George VI

That the foul language on the big screen has corrupted our youth is in my mind beyond question. Walk the streets of Britain today and you hear mothers with their children ‘f’ing and blinding right left and centre like tarts. When the children reply they are just as bad.

Many times my wife and I have sat in our local ‘watering hole’ and heard Brits at the next table ‘f’ this and ‘f’ that in a constant stream. Sadly the women are just as bad as the men.

Even on TV you cannot escape it as uncouth guests on talk shows, or members of a game show panel give vent to their invective at will.

So why is bad language necessary in a film about the speech problems of King George VI? Personally I do not see it!


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