The King’s Speech is a
movie directed by Tom Hooper in the year 2010. The movie showcased both drama
and history in it which made it rather interesting. At first, the movie seemed quite
cliché like any other musty historical drama movie. As we look closer, it is
actually partially modern in terms of its setting and its ambience. The movie
is mainly about the struggle of a king to overcome his one weakness which is
the most important aspect of being a leader, fluentness of speech. Being reluctantly next in line to the throne,
after his older brother is forced to back out as he was going against the royal
family’s rules in marrying a commoner, Albert which was currently the duke of York
puts in extra effort to overcome his stutter with the help of an Australian
speech therapist called Lionel Logue which eventually became a very close
companion to him.
This was indeed a very
touching story and many was deeply moved by the story line. In my opinion, the movie
was directed in such a way, that it deserves an award because of its rather
interesting story line which portrays that life is never perfect even for those
in the royal family. Not only that, even as I was watching, the way the movie
slowly escalated to the climax made the audience including myself to respond to
a spontaneous applaud when Albert did his first speech without stammering. The
main character, Albert representing King George VI, which was played by Colin
Firth was a huge success. This could be said because of he was able to carry
out that role very well. Especially, in terms of portraying the severity of his
stammering and that as long as one never gives up, nothing is impossible.
In terms of
cinematography, the angles in which the shooting was done was close to
perfection. But for the lighting, I thought that they could have used some
brighter setting rather than dim lighting that was mostly applied throughout the
whole movie. Special effects wise, it was showed in certain scene in the movie.
But the one that caught my attention the most was when Albert was giving his
speech to his people before they had to go through one of the worst war in history.
It was the way the subtle music playing in the background and as the camera moved
in circular motion focusing on both Albert and Lionel as he nail that speech
word by word, which strongly portrayed the strong friendship between them and
how Lionel never gave up on Albert and how he stayed till the very end. There was
no scenery or soundtrack that was applied in the movie. Nevertheless, it did
not make the movie any less of perfect.
The main purpose of the
movie was to showcase how life is never perfect but it can somehow be fixed
with constant perseverance and most importantly, the presence of the positive
and supportive people around an individual. The story line was indeed a very
powerful one because it moved the heart of many. The movie also instilled a few
moral values. One of them is, courage. This was shown when Albert had the
courage to turn up for the speech that he has to give to his people despite
being insecure about his condition. The next value that was instilled in the
movie was true friendship and sincerity. This value was portrayed when, all
other qualified doctors asked Albert to do some ridiculous things like smoking
and stuffing marbles in his mouth in order to improve his speech fluentness,
but Lionel, despite not having any official qualifications treated Albert, with
much sincerity which eventually formed into a friendship bond that made the
treatment effective. This clearly proves that anything can be achieved and any
problem can be overcome with true friendship and an act of sincerity goes a
long way. I personally think that this movie has both its strength and
weaknesses. One of the weaknesses that caught my attention the most was that
the movie was quite difficult to understand. However, the strength was
obviously the impact that it gave the audience as the movie reached its climax,
which clearly shows that the movie was a huge success.
Overall, I think that The
King’s Speech is a good movie. Although there were some negatives in the movie,
in terms of lighting and a few other aspects, the positives definitely exceeds
the minor negatives. I would say my impression of the movie is that it is a
very inspirational movie and we as audience can learn many values from the
movie. It was indeed a very interesting movie filled with drama but in
real-life situations. Would I recommend the movie to other people? Yes, I would
definitely recommend everyone to watch the movie. Trust me, it is definitely
going to be worth it.
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