“The King’s Speech” is a
2010 British historical drama film with a historical setting in the beginning
in 1925 Britain. The movie is based on the true story of the Britain’s Prince
Albert, played by Colin Firth, who later became King George VI (the father of
Queen Elizabeth II) after the abdication of the throne by his elder brother, Edward VIII. However, he is facing a huge problem to
take over the throne as he seems unfit to be a king who is speaking with a
stammer. Due to this, the public has no confidence in him. To overcome this,
his wife Elizabeth, played by Helena Bonham Carter finds help from an
unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush. From
that, an extraordinary friendship is developed between both of them.
my point of view, the director, Tom Hopper is good in directing. He has done a
good job in using the selective close-ups and catching good camera angles of
the incredible performances from the actors. The ways that he builds up to the
climatic finale have the sympathetic response from the audience. From his
efforts, I feel that the story came to life.
“The King’s Speech” is
far more driven by the acting of the characters, especially the acting of Colin Firth who plays as a
stammerer. It would be difficult to act as a
stammerer without a fully understanding and researches on it. He is able to
perform his role as a low self-confident but warm-hearted king. There is one
scene that he tries to have marbles in his mouth to cure his speech impediment
and his face turns really red and without image. Actors like him that is
dedicated to his work must have our respects. Besides, he managed to convey the
frustration and a certain amount of self-loathing in the way that Prince Albert
speaks. On the other hand, I am
amazed with the acting of Geoffrey Rush. I am completely caught up in his
character as he played it fantastically. He is not overplaying the stiffness. Together,
they almost make the movie at their best. So, I think the actors truly carry
the characters to perfection.
The cinematography of this
movie is quite different from the other historical dramas. To arise the
sympathetic response in the viewer, hard light is used with harder edges
shallows and having a greater definition. To enlarge the feeling of
constriction in Colin Firth, wider lenses were employed. The cameramen are able
to make the acting of the actors prominent.
Furthermore, the scenery of this movie is spectacular. The beginning of
the movie is a scene about the Duke
of York giving his speech at the Wembley Stadium in real. Although the movie
was taken in Elland Road Football Stadium instead of the Wembley Stadium, the different
in the location does not have a bad effect on the movie. Besides, the actual
place that Prince Albert and his wife Elizabeth
living is at “145 Piccadilly” but unfortunately the place was destroyed during
World War II so the movie was filming at 33 Portland Place which is full of
colourful history. Despite of different place from the reality, the movie is
still presented well in front of the audience. As a result, the sceneries of
the movie are able to give me the wow feeling.
Moreover, the soundtrack in “The King’s Speech” is usually at the beginning of a changing scene,
where the characters are walking or inside a car. The soundtrack is compatible
with the atmosphere which is very lively and relaxing.
conclusion, the movie is well-presented from the view in all aspects. It is a
movie with simple plot but having many moving moments. It teaches me that no
matter how difficult it is, our determination is always the factor that makes
us stronger and overcome it. It is also important to us when we seek for helps
as it can have a long lasting effect to us. We should be grateful when there
are friends to help us with the proper way and always appreciate them. I would
say that the movie is interesting as we can have the opportunity to know about King George VI and his ways to cure his speech impediment beside seeing a
development of friendship between a royalty and a commoner. I would recommend
it to others as one will find it worth enough to watch.