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The King’s Speech – how the media challenged the famous

Posted on: January 13, 2011

I’ve been waiting for The King’s Speech for months now and just didn’t have a chance to watch it anywhere before its UK release. In this time I read both amazing and terrible reviews, I heard people praising it and other destroying it claiming that it had no right to be on the list for the awards as it was soooo made for the money and fame. So I honestly didn’t know what to expect even if I am a declared fan of Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter.

Funny but dramatic in its comedy, sensible and strong in the same scenes, with a beautiful cinematography that portrayed the years perfectly and a very intelligent script, this film dragged me into the story from minute one. It is obviously hard not to love the sympathetic King as he desperately tries to overcome a deeply engraved problem which shows once more that royal blood doesn’t come with less issues but actually with more and even more powerful than a regular subject could realise.

The perfect performance given by the entire cast (even little Elisabeth was brilliant!) definitely deserves recognition, but what I loved more than anything was the powerful silence in the film. My favorite moment was the scene after the King’s Speech where so much could be deciphered from the tension and the facial expressions. Also, the lovely lessons about life, awards and credentials that we are given throughout the story are nicely and funnily inserted.

As a non-British I probably saw this film in a very different way to the other English people in the cinema. Never before have I felt such intensity on the chairs as there was absolutely no sound from the audience. No fizzy drinks popping, no popcorn bags, no chatting… just the shy laughs when the moment was right. And believe me the screen was full! Orange Wednesdays and 400 souls under one roof. Therefore I wonder if there is something more to this film that I couldn’t understand due to my different cultural background and history, coming from a country where the royal family has been absent for the past hundred years and only causes trouble when coming to visit their lands.

How do the British relate to their royal leaders and how has that changed with the media which turned them more into public goods with each development?

One really interesting aspect portrayed in the production was how the new media technologies changed the lives and activities of the famous. Considering the huge impact of radio, just think what TV and even more the internet did to the ones in the spotlight as private and public boundaries have completely disappeared. To what extent is this fair? Do we, the public, actually own their lives? As more and more dream of that kind of attention and do anything to get it, how about the ones that are born with it and simply can’t get rid of the paparazzi eye?

Quite controversial questions and with a million of answers…

Anyway, I love this scene (hope it’s legal to post it here :)):

P.S. Click for great article in the Guardian covering something similar!

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