Starring the ever charming George VI played by Colin Firth. The King’s speech is about Prince Albert who later became George VII he was not expecting to be King he was second in line to the throne but his brother abdicated the throne in order to marry an American Divorcee that he had fallen madly in love with. So Prince Albert reluctantly took his place leading England right before World War II.
A feel good movie in which the King overcomes various personal issues of self worth in a brave feat of public speaking and attempting to overcome his stammer while addressing his people. After seeing various speech therapists at no avail, his wife finds a very unconventional speech therapist Lionel Louge played by Geoffrey Rush. Firth shouts “The nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them. Well, I can’t speak.” the King relies on the help of this little-known Australian speech therapist to overcome his stammer enough to give important public speeches.
King George VII had many physical ailments as a child many which were treated harshly and and the stammering was thought to be physical but Lionel Louge has different ideas. He believe that it comes from deeper psychological issues, a very strange notion at the time. But after speaking about his childhood, lack of friends and even bullying, the King begins to open up to Louge and realise that he can be a great leader.
After being pushed into power as King of England Firth must speak for the people in a time of war. Churchill says “War with Germany will come and we will need a king who we can all stand behind” George VII needs to lead the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth needed a leader, someone who would inspire confidence. The radio now being a common household item the king needs to address all his subjects on the air. George VII relies heavily on Louge to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.
At the end of the film the King realises that he has a true friend in Louge, a loving family and he is a strong and worthy leader. This is a powerful, hilarious and deeply moving story, told against the backdrop of a critical juncture in modern history, of the emergence of a deep friendship out of a professional relationship between two men who would otherwise never have socially interacted. Thanks to London key sponsor ‘locked out’ for running the blog section. The buildup to the climactic finale is skillfully executed and prompted the audience to erupt into spontaneous applause. Geoffrey Rush does a fantastic job as Lionel Logue and Colin Firth is excellent as King George VI.
What is a speech problem?
Something which the fans here would like to speak a bit more about is that which is inflicting the main and most wonderful character in this movie. Namely a speech impediment or a speech disorder which it can also be called. There is a whole range of different disorders in existence, and it can sometimes be hard to classify them, as they include everything that stops a person from being able to speak as we view correctly. So for example, everything from a lisp to being completely mute can be a speech impediment. Thanks to the the lock website owners and door and key people for assistance. Great Lock repair anytime.
The causes to an issue with speech is very difficult to know, which is the reason to why in many cases the reason behind is never quite figured out. Often there is some sort of neurological issue or a hearing issue. Of course an issue can also arise after some sort of trauma though an accident and so forth. The is a whole centre in the brain dedicated to language, and of course with everything being so finely connected and still enigmatic to our scientists the variety of impediments is huge.
To be an actor no doubt comes with a row of different challenges, and for us, seeing one of our favourite actor perform the role of the king, with a voice, but with a difficulty in getting it out, is to say the least a pleasure. The performance is convincing and speaks for itself, so if you have not yet seen this lovely reel, the it’s about time you get yourself a copy as soon as possible, we guarantee you will not regret giving this masterpiece a couple of hours of your life.
Handling the difficulties of public speaking
There are three main difficulties with public speaking as the team here sees it, all obstacles which have to be overcome should you ever be in the situation. We would like to give our take on it and also provide some tips on how to overcome these specific challenges. We like to see the issues from the audience perspective as that is how we tend to see ourselves when in the role of speaking for someone else. The first point is with regards to trust, does your audience trust you, are you believable, and if not, how do you get the audience on your side. The second point is to the question and the subject that you are addressing, is the message getting through, and is the point you are trying to put across being understood in the way that you want it to be. And the third point is the success of the speech as a general. What does the audience remember and take with them after you are done, what questions have you raised in the mind of the one perceiving and listening. As with many things, the key to confidence which takes care of the first point, of being believable is practice.
By knowing your subject deeply and by knowing what you are going to say, so much so that it’s automatic will help free your mind and your attention from the direct stresses related with having an audience. They key to bringing your point across is of course research, not only in the area of your subject, but also in rhetoric and of course having already asked yourself the questions that any audience might ask you. Meaning that you have gone through the possible doubts or counter arguments that someone may have to your points. In other worlds, taking the perspective of an outsider. Explaining things simple and without jargon is a great thing to keep in mind here. Thirdly, how to make an impact, perhaps the most difficult of the points we are making today, and that comes only with the raising of questions to the individual listener.
Meaning that you have to find the things which hit home, emotionally, intellectually and generally, as to be applicable to a wide number of people. This takes practice, research as well as experience. Watching the experts, and watching and analyzing speeches which have had a large impact on you may help you with this.
The benefit of good rhetoric skills in public speaking and in life
The challenging task to speak in front of people is something that many fear, and if you are among those who have to inform, inspire and motivate people to think and feel the way that you do, it’s important that you look a bit closer on the parts of public speaking which you see as most difficult. It is only through overcoming our obstacles, though facing our fears that we learn and grow. One of the most suiting phrases for it, and this is agreed by the team here, is that the best way to learn something new or improve on something that you are already doing is simply to practice it. By replicating, as much as possible, the main event, for example. If you are going to present your topic or your argument to you family, class, friends, to your boss in the workplace or anything else of the sort where you need to win allegiance and votes for your project or proposal, then rhetoric can come in hand.
If you are new to the term, it simply means to be powerful and persuasive to the listener, argue and make your points in a striking way as to win their favour. Your goal is to capture their attention and bring it to the important point of focus which is the centre of your present work. With practice your rhetoric can increase tremendously, by doing something so small as just noticing your own conversations and own speaking, even when in a casual way and to a friend, is a task you can set yourself to learn a great deal. Just by observation and awareness of yourself and what it is that you are trying to do, you can greatly help the progress along the way with keeping some few very important things in mind.
Birth right and good kings
Many would see it as unfair, that some ar born with the privilege to rule whilst others are born into a life of nothing but toil. A valid point in our current day of democracy, however the questions arises. What of the good kings, there have been many deposits and horrid rulers who have made their people suffer to no end, however there are also examples in history of kings ruling with integrity and with his people in mind. Luckily we have also gotten a big further along the way when it comes to women’s rights and equality, as there were no queens to do a great job, or a very small relative amount in any case.
A good king, or ruler, if you go back as old as the ancient Greeks, you find is one of virtue and integrity, one who is able to set his own human condition aside for the benefit of others and thence be blessed and also enjoying the benefit of a free ticket to heaven, since who rules have been appointed by his parents as much as by God. Good kings are philosophers they said, and in the ideal there are still lesser humans and a proletariat is needed to be able to build the dream societies for the selected few. Although the economics of the day reflect the same structure much has changed. Today our rulers, our kings, namely our politicians are governed purely by their avarice or engagement with the game of power, not great for the bottom. The top must be ran in a great way for the slaves to have valuable lives, enjoyable ones, appreciated ones. Perhaps that is the difference between the good ruler and the bad one, the good one keep the whole image in mind and is aware that even the ones on the bottom of the ladder ar humans, whilst the bad ones treat it as numbers of cattle too far from their reality to even bother thinking about it.
A format of speech, a world of its own
Public speaking is much different to say the speaking which happens when you have a conversation with someone, in many ways public speaking is like a performance with set lines and with a broadcasting element.
The communication is largely one way, however that is not to forget the great speakers who knows how to read their audience, who feels what the mass is feeling and who have learned, the hard way, through trial and error what works and not. Speaking in public to an audience is a skill which one can practice, and our favourite film is most definitely a great example of that train-ability. Hard work and effort is all that you need, continuously trying to learn what you are wanting to learn, and if that happens to be how to speak and communicate better with an audience, then just keep at it. What about nerves you say, yes what about them, many of the best speakers we know, the top notch of the time, they have said that they still get nervous, they still feel the pressure, and that it doesn’t get easier, you just have to push through it and at some point it will become normal.
You will become used to handling yourself with the nerves present, there is no getting around some things, and the excitement or anxiety that we feel when faced with a great audience is simply something that we must learn to live with, learn to perform with, and learn how to manage should it be of a highly intrusive nature and effect performance. All the team here would like to say is that if you are learning something new, if you are getting into public speaking or if you are just practising your communication skills make sure that you keep diligent, that you don’t give up and that you keep consistent at your practice for a prolonged period of time, one to two decades is the average learning period.
A symbol and a responsibility
As the king and hero in our favourite story thought our history Kings, although not always good, have been seen by the people as a symbol of the current state. What is right, what is wrong was once determined by such a one person or family, and many kings were invested with the power of God, some even said to have been in communication with him. We say him, as kings were male as the stereotypical male archetype had dominated views for a long time.
The questions could be asked why, and perhaps the dominance, or the tendency for dominance in the male perspective took charge with violence, power and authority. Times have certainly come a long way since then, and we are happy to see that better and more equal ways of seeing has evolved, even if there is still plenty of work to be done around the edges. Either way, let’s get back to our symbols of the current state. You have to keep in mind that there were many who served the king, and were sworn to do so also by their dying breath. Stage one may think, however is it not in our nature to adhere to some form of hierarchy. This is how each, also individual relationship can be seen.
When we look around today we see things much differently, but do we, really? How we as humans function on a cognitive level remains much the same, and the changes we see in behaviour might have something to do with the sheer mass of the population walking the globe today. Us for one, being of the romantic types see our world evolved, yet much the same, what are your thoughts, feel free to get in touch and lend us a comment.
Thoughts on the past from the fans
In order to create a better future, a more sophisticated and civilised one we need to study the past and ourselves. If you were to divide people, a suggestion for categorisation might be that of leaders and followers, and in a monarchy that type of thought is manifested in the world. Looking backwards at the times of kings and emperors there we can learn much, not only about what the times were like and how people lived, but also about human nature. Drawing a hard line between leaders and follower may be a tad far from the reality of things, with many other factors and circumstances involved things are seldom so black and white. However with the right conditions there will be some who have a tendency to rise to the challenge and lead those in need of it.
As people we are in constant search for direction, and it’s only natural that we look to each other for guidance, something which has happened throughout the ages, at times under oppressive circumstances, spawning actions of great proportion. From revolutionary times there is no doubt plenty to learn, and reading about the past is a also something that we highly recommend, as an activity to boost your own creativity. So what are you? Do you have a tendency to want to lead or follow? What type of scenario would make you rise to the challenge, and what will you make of it?
Learning from the film
There are valuable also personal lessons that the team here takes from having watched this film over and over again. The thing which strikes us the most is the inspiration that the king’s determination brings. In not letting himself be beaten, in acknowledging that he has an issue, and perhaps most of all, doesn’t run from it. But does what he can to face the issue head on.
A lesson which can be brought to the every day of each of us. A symbolic representation of an issue, much like many issues that we ourselves face in our day to day life. So what do you do, turn around when things get tough, if there are rough spots do you avoid them looking for a different and easier way forward. Well if anything is to be said about this particular lesson, it’s that most often the best way to move in the right direction is not by aversion, but by facing the issue head on. Like our hero in the film does, and by hard work and perseverance he overcomes the issue rather than run from it. And you can imagine the pressure one would feel if there was a nation adding pressure to the situation.
We hope that you enjoyed the film as well and that you could take part in the many lessons which it holds, and if you are one of the few who have not yet seen the motion picture, ensure that you get it done as soon as possible. The team here recommends no other film as much as this one, and as one of the great ones sure to go down in history as a classic, you will not regret having given it the time of day.
The importance of script and dialogue in film
One thing we find particularly striking and a salient quality of pure excellence with this film is the truly magnificent manuscript. The dialogue enforce and supports the base on which the characters and setting is built. It’s no by no means an easy feat to bring characters to life in a credible and easy to relate to way.
Every member of the audience holds a great capacity to see though any aspect of communication in the film if it’s not made perfect. Of course this not to take away from the many other important aspects of film making, however with a script which sets this film apart from the mass, it’s a point worth bringing up.
The best thing about the dialogue here, is simply the fact that you don’t even consider it, you are so taken back by what is going on and stepping into the empathic role of any character presented, feeling with them, understanding them and identifying with them happens seamlessly and without any psychic energy expended.
If you are searching for a perfect example of good screen writing, then here by all means you have of the best samples of modern cinematic art. So today, the team here would like to bring praise to the wonderful writers behind the natural, understandable and highly resonating words which have brought this wonderful motion picture to life for us. Something that they have our gratitude for bringing an exception to the ever declining quality of big budget films.
How we see monarchy
It’s simply another ideal which is to come and pass. It may persist for some time, as we also see democracy as one of the better forms of government today. However it’s difficult in the current world to keep balance and involvement at the level required for it to work. There are many loop holes in the democratic system, and avoiding two party system issues, a public which is tailored to fit the global market and the free for all which is the current economic status.
In other world, we live in world where the rich is getting richer, the money and power are flowing into the hands of a handful of people who control the rest, until that also breaks down.
Regardless, in many countries today there are still a royal family, although their role today is more about being a public figure and investments, as for example the royalty in this country is sitting on a vast fortune and ownership of many things, meaning that they make their way as they do.
Also filling their function to draw tourism and keep things traditional.
With time the team here think that although the times for kings and queens may be over, there are always some seat of power high up in the structural hierarchies which we inevitably land in, weather we make them or are slave to them is a different question all together. One which we do not wish to explore today.
If you have questions for the team, or if you agree or perhaps disagree with our statements here please don’t keep yourself from contacting us. Appreciation for feedback and communication is something that we value and take gladly.
The debate on quality and high profile films
With this film being nominated for so many awards and having a general high profile from square one with its cast under prestigious direction and a decent budget behind it, there has been some discussion to whether or not the film deserved the hype it was surrounded by. Of course for the team here, and all the other fans of this film this is not really a question. You can go ahead and watch the film if you have not already, and see for yourself, there will always be conflict in the field of so many high shooting and high quality film makers and film projects each year. However when it comes down to this grand reel, and if you give it the time of day you will see this for yourself, which can bring it down.
Great publicity and a good budget together with famous actors can at times work against a film and the way it is perceived as what is expected becomes almost unrealistic. And although this may be phenomenon we don’t think that it has any effect when it comes to this brilliantly put together piece of cinematic art.
As many before us have put it, what made this film overtake other big hitters like the social network that year and bring home big awards, it was simply that beside the fanciful things surrounding this film, it contains a lot of heart. A lot of something human, and brought to us in a nothing less than brilliant format.
If you disagree with our statements, or if you have something that you would like to add, please feel free to get in touch with the team here today, we are always happy to hear from our readers so have no hesitation to email. If you have suggestions on other things you would like to see on our page, suggestions and feedback is always welcome!
The realm of making films
A development that exploded at the end of last century was of course that of films and cinema. With the introduction of moving pictures straight in the homes of the general public, a whole new era of things started. It gave rise to a whole new domain of storytelling and information relay. This is of course something that the team here is greatly appreciative of and something which brings us much joy. The privilege of being born in times of such abundance and technological and digital advancement is something that doesn’t easy bypass us.
As many generations before us have said, but as we also claim, especially with the rise of the internet and the accessibility which now exists to a vast majority of people in the western world. We live in most interesting times. A time in which the art of film making could and still is flourishing although it is now often taking more and more digital shape. The traditional art of theatre ha taken a massive stop onto the big screen and become a multi-million pound industry. Of course one could focus on the negative of what it brings as well, however that is not something that we aim to do here.
As a great example of what film is today, there is this wonderful film which combines all the greatest aspects of theatre, acting, effect, music and all the rest of it. The result of which is a masterpiece in its own right, and anyone who has seen the film would most likely agree. We would like to say thank you to the film makers of today, and especially to those involved in making what is our highest regarded and favourite film created hitherto.
Bringing to light one of the most brilliant stories
For us, this wonderful film is one of the last great films before what we would label as a long dry spell of Hollywood set in. There are an increasing number of superhero films and computer generated graphics which stun and amaze the eye, but leave the soul empty. We would again like to bring tribute to the makers of this film which we wish to see many times still. And hopefully it will be viewed also by many up coming film makers who can find inspiration in drama, human stories and which seek to capture their audience though compelling characters and great adventures.
Not just using bright lights and trickery to draw their audience. The art of movie making is also the art of communication, and as people we understand meaning and value, in the moments when our attention is drawn away from bright lights and sparkles.
It is not our wish to be critical with regards to the current direction of the movie industry, however the team here are of the romantic types, and we can hope by dedicating this site to our favourite films, and a one of the greatest works since the turn of the millennia we will also draw attention to what we would call the fine art of film making. If you have any feedback for us, if there is any particular article or topic that you would like to see addressed here, or if there is anything that you are wondering in general, feel free to get in touch with the fans of great films here today!
The film industry and disability
Something that we here feel have not gotten the spot light as often as we would like to see it, is that of representation of those who have some sort of disability. Most films today are about heroes which are not real or at least not believable as realistic characters. On this point, like so many others the film which the site is dedicated to does the job perfectly. Of course things are played out in a historical setting, but all the characters are of human nature, and deal with very human issues, even if they are on a grand scale.
It’s not possible for the team dedicated to film, but as enthusiastic viewer of the media, but also as a group of interested individuals with high standards, to approve of where it is looking like we are heading in terms of the direction of the industry. A giant beast, having grown out of proportion to fill the continuous demand for producing a box office hit. A time where film is on the decline is what we see in the general view. However there are still independent and upcoming film makers that take the art of moving images into the twenty-first century in both historically strong and cultural ways, with heroes, heroines and people of the real kind, the kind which we can identify and relate to.
For us, inevitably the thing which is the most magic about watching a film is the ability it carries to transport you into a different time, a different age, and a different story, and that is something which requires both skill, brains and passion to manage. If you haven’t done so already, go and get yourself a copy of our favourite film which is a testament and showcase, a great example of what the film industry is still capable of.
Speaking of Kings and other lands
Giving some thought to the realm of fantasy and theory, hierarchy, monarchy and constructions within a past society, one that which our own was born and developed. History is a wonderful thing, but the team here agrees that sometimes it’s easy to forget it’s only a land of theory, a land that we make up, there is no way of us to tell what actually went on in a human experience of the average person back in times when there were kings and queens.
What the team here often find ourselves wondering about is what would it be like to live back then? Not as a person of privilege, but as a layman, a work man, a servant, a mote of muck on the shoe of those who were born into privilege. That is one way which one could choose to make up the fantasy, another is of course the daily peaceful life of sheep herding and sunsets.
There is nothing that is right or wrong as far as making up the image of a time long gone, but there are today indicators which can help us in the accuracy of the images we have. We know of kings and rulers who bunt books to keep people uneducated and unknowing, stupid, so that they could keep their power, likewise there are rulers who were academic and artistic themselves and would not see a day without entertainment anything less fitting than for a king. But before pesky laws of equality there was free range for anyone who came to power to do pretty much what they wanted, and so they did in a many countries and on many continents.
New movie recommendations
We would like to bring to you, as you are a fan of the wonderful, renowned, praised and awarded reel of the king and his speech, another film recommendation which may be of interest to you, especially perhaps if you are a particularly enthusiastic fan of the man, the actor playing the lead role.
Announcements have been made to the making of a new Bridget Jones film, and this title involving also a baby this time, and of course one of our all-time favourite female actors in addition to the wonderful Mr Firth. This film is not too dissimilar in genre, and with great cast paired with a great production team, you can expect great things to happen.
These days we see many films made only for the fascination factor, great dramas with a hint of comedy which speak of human stories are increasingly rare to come by. However the team here are always on a diligent search to find them, and if you keep tuned we will bring your more suggestion of great works of films, from the past and planned for the future as far as we know. We are sure you have your own methods of finding great film suggestions, however if you are ever stuck, please keep us in mind.
And we leave you for this time with the recommendation of this wonderful film which we cannot wait to lay our eyes upon, it may not be as great as the movie which this site is dedicated to or pack as much of an historical punch, but it does speak of current life, relatable, dramatic, funny and no doubt wonderful!