The King’s Speech
recommended (+4 / 5)
The King’s Speech is an excellent example of a film with a purpose. Many current blockbusters released in America have the sole purpose of dazzling, rather than engaging audiences. The story portrayed in this movie is meant to be intellectually compelling, rather than visually stunning.
This is not to say that the film is poorly crafted. Its visual style has been praised for a number of reasons, all with good cause. Thomas Hooper’s filming techniques have earned him the Best Director award from the Director’s Guild of America.
Audiences who are not versed in cinematic techniques, however, will not have a diminished appreciation for the film. The relationship between Prince Albert and Lionel Logue is strong, endearing, and often humorous. Albert’s struggle with his stammer is relatable, and his successes are as satisfying to observe as his shortcomings are painful to watch. The emotionally rewarding experience is realistic and uniquely entertaining, especially in a market increasingly flooded with super-hero and fantasy films.
This film is driven by character development, rather than action, intrigue, or suspense. As a historical drama, it doesn’t have the violence, sexuality, or profanity which many current films contain. (Although one memorable scene between Albert and Logue has Colin Firth uttering a string of expletives during therapy in order to overcome his stammer.)
It’s possible that a split has developed between different audience age-groups. A younger generation of viewers may find the obstacles overcome in films like The King’s Speech to be marginally interesting at best, while more seasoned audiences may be able to personally relate to the trials portrayed. Regardless of individual audience members’ reception, it is refreshing to have a film combine all the principles, cinematography, and plot details which make a story truly captivating. Hopefully, future blockbusters will take note of it, and realize that having a movie with a solid core is more valuable than any special effect.
If you live in northwest Indiana and have yet to see The King’s Speech, it is still playing at the Cinemark in Valparaiso, and the AMC in Shererville. If you wanted to see it in theaters, your opportunity is nearly gone. (Some people may be wondering where the opportunity went, as the movie’s ambiguous release schedule seems to have confused audiences.) If you miss it now, you’ll have to wait for a few months, as the DVD release date is set for the end of April. (April 19th, to be exact.)