The King's Speech

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Gp[;’666“I am very afraid [sir], that your greatest test is yet to come.” The King’s Speech (2010) presents a protagonist driven by a sense of duty. What kind of ‘victory’ does Hooper suggest trough the staging of his final speech? A victory is a triumphant action of achieving a goal or defeating an enemy. Whether this enemy be another country or a personal fault, an achievement is significant in it’s own way. The King’s Speech (2010) is a story of an under confident and family oppressed King (Bertie) who is victorious over his speech impediment. However it is not only his impediment that he triumphs. Through lighting and shadows, the viewer comes to recognize that his victory is on a more personal level then just over coming a bad…show more content…
The choice of music in certain scenes was a deliberate decision that tells the story in more depth. Whilst Bertie is powerfully reading “To be or not to be” Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro plays loud over his voice. Although you cannot hear his voice, from his lip movements and Lionel’s facial expression you can tell he reads the speech fluently. The song was a continuation of an old story and describes “A day of madness”. Bertie speaking with such bliss is such an incredible feet that it being ‘mad’ is not an understatement. However this shows how even though fluent speech is possible, it is a long way away. The song illustrates the test Bertie is facing. Whilst Bertie walks in to announce his taking of the throne, silence is broken by the sound of Bertie’s footsteps. This creates a tense and suspenseful feeling that makes you empathize with Bertie. Desplat’s ‘Memories of Childhood’ fades in slowly as he begins to read his speech. The camera begins to pan from Bertie’s face to his past leaders and family and finally his father. The song implies that the reason Bertie is failing to read his speech is due to these ‘Childhood Memories’. This added with the image of his father create another ‘test’ that Bertie takes on, to overcome his childhood memories to conquer the remorse over his father. Hooper uses this choice of music to imply how Bertie’s childhood has left him corrupt. The war speech is read with almost fluent speech. Meanwhile Beethoven’s Symphony
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