The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, is aBritish musty historical drama film released in 2010. This film is about the effortsof Prince Albert in overcoming speech impediment who later became King GeorgeVI (played by Colin Firth) when his brother abdicated the throne around themid-1930s. At 1925, Bertie, as he is called by his family failed to attempt toopen the British Empire Exhibition in front of a crowded arena and the radioaudience.
After seeing various speech therapist to no avail, Queen Elizabeth (playedby Helena Bonham Carter)persuaded Bertie to seek help from an Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue(played by Geoffrey Rush).Through a series of unexpected techniques, Lionel helps Bertie to cure hisstammer and find his voice.This film may have sounded stuffy and over-serious.However, the director access historical stories in a way that doesn’t make it feellike history. He emphasizes on the thrilling story about the friendship betweenLionel and Bertie.
For example, Lionel does in time becomes Bertie’s confidante,especially when he tries to determine the psychological issues behind thespeech disorder. In my opinion, the directing skills are great because thedirector has illustrated detailly how Bertie transformed from a prince who was initiallylack of confidence into a king who is assured in public speaking and finallyget supports from the people. Besides, the main and supporting roles also playedtheir role efficiently. Colin have shown us the inner fear of Bertie throughemotional facility and physical expressivity while Geoffrey has a great dynamismand he influenced Bertie with his energetic and liveliness character. Colinalso demonstrated us his unbelievable vocal performance – the way he stutters.
Furthermore,the cinematography of this film is stunning. The director chose to shoot theclose-ups in the consulting room and on Bertie on relatively wide lenses. Inthe first consulting room scene, the director focus on the facial expression ofBertie.
We can observe Bertie’s face in dialogue, showing the painful absencesand silences of having stammer. This is a visual illustration for whatstammering resembles. The King’s Speech utilizes period locations that catchthe vibe of Depression-era Britain. For example, Lancaster House, an luxuriousgovernment-owned period house in London, was used for interior scenes ofBuckingham Palace. Moreover, toemphasize Lionel’s humble background, his consultation room is in the Pullensbuildings in Southwark.
The consultation room has a big space and rooftoplights that make it look somewhat like a craftsman’s studio. The special effects, such as graphics,also outline the royal life and the life of London in 1930s in an appropriate way.The film draws a lot of its emotional power from the way of life conflictexperience between Lionel and Bertie. In this film, England is not portrayed ina glorious way, to show that royal life was not as magnificent as it mayexternally appear. In addition, streets in the film are also transformedinto a grungy and smoggy look using dirty water and smog to illustrate London in1930s. In this film, classical music is used as soundtrack and are relevant toall scenes.
For instance, ‘Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony’ is played when Bertieis declaring over the wireless in 1939 Britain’s declaration of war with Nazi Germany. The tune is smooth, an aural analogy forBertie’s aspirations. With Lionel silently inciting him through the difficultspots, the melancholic music unfurls, building in intensity, then decresendoing,enduring precisely as long as the speech. In my view, the film is brilliant becauseof the acting. Colin alternates between inciting pity, influencing you tosnicker at his temper, and demonstrating a calm inner strength that speaks tohis future as a king. Lionel is staggering in how open, encouraging, andteasing he can be with instructing the Prince how to speak properly.
The emotionsof the actors have successfully influenced me. The film’s weakness is that thereis not much profundity; watching it again let you enjoy the funny scenes oncemore, but ultimately does not stay with you. There are little details outsideof the main plot of overcoming the speech impediment and then becoming king.In overall, this film gave me a good impression by featuringwonderfully that humility truly comes before respect. I loved the storyline ofthis film: Lionel helped and supported Bertie and at last Bertie can make hisimpediment a minor problem and delivered a faultless speech heard around theworld by radio. I am also excited because both Lionel and Bertie remainedlifelong friends despite of class division.
I find it interesting because it isan inspirational example of what it takes to overcome obstacles and challenges.The support of family and friends is also crucial to us when we are strikingfor success. I would surely recommend this film to others to motivate them. Ourvery own shortcomings may appear in our lives as a disability, sickness orpersonality flaw.
They also can render us powerless, humiliated and frustrated.However, we should learn from Bertie, work hard to transform our weakness intostrengths.