The King's Speech Movie Review: Overcoming Obstacles with the Help of Friendship and Sincerity
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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