The speak before a crowd at Wembley

The King’s speech is a historical
drama film featuring King George the Sixth who copes with a stammer. The movie
depicts historical events during the 1930s in London.  Among the main characters are, King George VI
who is also addressed by ‘Bertie’ by his close family members, Elizabeth,
Lionel Logue as well as the archbishop, Cosmo Gordon Lang. To solve Bertie’s
problem, his wife Elizabeth encourages him to seek help from Lionel Logue, a
speech defect therapist. When his brother refused the throne, the once Duke of
York was forced to succeed him and become the new king reluctantly.

 

The scriptwriter, David Seidler,
used to stammer as a child due to the emotional trauma of World War II and the
death of his grandparents during the Holocaust. Looking at King George VI’s
success in overcoming his stammer, it encouraged him to write this story. In
addition, the movie was directed by Tom Hooper, an English film and television
director. He introduced several cinematic techniques to arouse the King’s
feelings of constriction. He used wider lens from usual as well as distortions
to help convey the King’s stiffness. Besides that, the camera was made to be
very close to the actors to ensure every single emotion was captured. Something
that makes this historical drama stand out is, they used hard light and wider
lens than usual to produce a greater resonance to signify the once Duke of
York’s feelings of impediment.

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Obviously, they could not shoot at
Buckingham Palace, therefore it was substituted with Lancaster House while the
Ely Cathedral was used to mimic Westminster Abbey. As a historical drama, it
revolves around events that happened in the past. Therefore, the special
effects in this movie was not as prominent compared to a sci-fi movie. Most of
the tracks included in the soundtrack were written by Alexandre Desplat, a
French film composer. As a musician, I would say the most outstanding tracks
were by Beethoven even if the movie only included one or two tracks of his
work. The background music fit the scenes as perfect as a glove. It really
enhanced the movie watching experience and helped the audience understand the
tone of the movie.

 

 

 

 

The film opens as the Prince
prepares to speak before a crowd at Wembley Stadium. He struggled with his
stammer in front of thousands of listeners and considered himself to truly be
unfit to be the future King. Colin Firth, who played the King was a brilliant
actor. He played the role of a stammering individual as though he truly
stammered in real life, he made it seem effortless and natural. He played the
Kings role with other suitable qualities. For example, he was timid and he had
little to none self-confidence. The King is also portrayed to be someone who
gets frustrated with himself easily due to his condition. Nonetheless, he is
kind hearted. The only time the King is able to speak without stammering is
when he curses. I guess that is the reason why the movie is R rated.

 

One of the values I have learnt is,
to have faith in your own voice. For example, Bertie was always teased, mocked
and ignored by his family members as a child. It impacted him in such a bad way
that his stammer progressively became worse as he believed he did not have a
voice. A strong evidence to this statement is when Bertie played the recording
that Lionel had given him, he read the passage without stammering. Besides
that, I also learnt that it is important to put your ego aside when you need
help. Bertie was willing to admit that he had a problem and is open to try new
things to improve his speech. He could have been consumed by his ego, but
instead he was open to the support of Elizabeth and Lionel who turned him into
a great monarch. In addition, I learnt that perseverance is key. In the
beginning, Bertie was convinced his stammer would be permanent, but as soon as
he was willing to practice and follow Lionel’s methods, he was able to change.
In addition, I learnt that you could be an expert from experience, just like
Lionel. Lionel believed that helping the King’s psychological problem could
cure him. He made his assumption based on methods he had applied for over 30
years, and not on his academic credentials instead.

 

In my opinion, it was a great movie
and I enjoyed it very much. It shows how everyone is flawed and nobody is
absolutely perfect. In conclusion, I would recommend this movie especially to
people who are on the verge of giving up. Nevertheless, it was a heartwarming
movie, it really inspired me to be the best version of myself. I also felt
grateful and blessed to have good communication skills and to be well versed in
the English language.