The King’s Speech moviedirected by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. It is a historical dramafilm which was released on 2010. This is a story of King George IV (ColinFirth) who have stammering difficulty since birth. So his wife Queen Elizabeth(Helena Bonham Carter) refer to Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a speechtherapist.
They went through speech and breathing exercise while also trying todiscover the psychological implication of the disability. After his father(Michael Gambon) King George V’s death, King Edward VII (Guy Pearce) wascrowned. Since King Edward wanted to marry a twice-divorced American woman,Wallis Simpson (Eve Best), so the responsibilities were given to King GeorgeIV. At a critical period, he has to declare on radio about declaration of waragainst German. Will he able to give the speech and trust in his people? The movie’s setting wasbased on the world of royalty of Britain.
Most of the scenes were in the grandroyal residence and consulting room of speech therapist. This movie brought usto the zone of 1930’s. The costumes of characters were rich and royal.The central conflict ofthe movie was the king’s speech disability. Another conflict was his brotherKing Edward who went against the royal rules to marry his loved ones. Then theking has to protect his people from the war against German.
The director had broughtus to 1930’s. Each and every scene of the movie is very realistic andauthentic. He has done lots of hard work in making us involve in the flow ofthe story. We can feel the emotions of the characters. His directing issystematic as I could not find any clumsy shots.
He explains the relationshipbetween father and daughter when the day King George VI was crowned and visitedhis daughter in royal costume, even though the daughters bowed and respectedhim, still he leans down to kiss and hug his daughters with full of love. Thisshows that whatever position you’re at, the father and daughter relationshipnever breaks. So for all the actors,they have played their roles very well. Most importantly, Colin Forth whoplayed King George IV’s role is an excellent actor.
He continuously showed thenervousness and unsatisfied expression due to the character’s disability. Forexample when he was declaring the war with full confidence while overcoming hisfear. Another scene, during the rehearsal for coronation ceremony inWestminster Abbey, George Rush acted very well in making the king realize hiscapability.The cinematography wasexcellent. Most of the scenes has close camera work which provide bigportraits. The sets were designed realistically. For instance, the consultingroom which has ripped up wallpapers which created a rough and warm backgroundwith natural lights.
The background exactly portrays King George’s mentalcondition. It appropriates the scene. Next, the sceneries werevery pleasant. Especially the Regent’s Park scene where the king and histherapist were walking while arguing. That scene’s background was full of smogand low light which brought a cold and windy environment. Even though it takesa lot of time and hard work to create such a scene still the movie team madethis possible and made the scenery look good.
The soundtrack werematching with the intention of the scenes. As an example, the scene in therecording room, where the king gave the war declaration speech. At beginning ofthe speech the instrumental sound was intense then the ending part has thesmooth and gentle tune.The strength of the movieis that it has created public awareness about stammering. It also explains thatsomeone’s physical difficulty effects their emotional health and relationship.This movie also taught us to build a high confident level in us to overcome ourdisabilities. Everyone have disabilities in different prospects such asphysically, mentally, emotionally, visually or learning aspects. We should bebrave and face the challenges in daily life while trying to overcome ourdisability day by day without giving up the courage in us.
In a nutshell, overallthe movie was very inspiring to the people with physical disability. It makesus to respect the emotions of people with physical difficulty. The movie wasinteresting and meaningful. The movie shows the culture, attitude and dressingstyle of people in 1930’s.
I would recommend this movie to my friend and familybecause everyone should respect and help to overcome someone’s disability. Weshould not tease or look low towards their disability, even if we didn’t help themat least don’t hurt their feelings. People with disability also haveself-respect and emotions as we have. Hope to watch more good movies from thisdirector.