Did y’all watch the Oscars last night? I caught the last half and had fun ogling at all the bling and gorgeous dresses. And I was so glad to see The King’s Speech win best picture!
I loved this movie. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and felt so uplifted after watching. Needless to say, the acting was sublime. A few thoughts I had while watching:
- It was so fun to see the scene where King George (Colin Firth) meets Myrtle Logue (Jennifer Ehle), his speech therapist’s wife. I just kept picturing the actors when they played Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in the delightful BBC production of Pride and Prejudice (the best version I’ve seen of one of my favourite novels!)
- The use of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony during the big speech at the end was wonderful and dramatic. For me, I always think of this music as portraying a person’s somber, determined march towards something that is difficult, terrifying, but inevitable. Like Beethoven’s own journey with increasing deafness.
- All through the movie, I kept wondering and waiting for when they would use Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto, nicknamed the “Emperor”. I had an inkling they would use it, as there aren’t many pieces in the classical repertoire that have the “kingly” association. Not that Beethoven named it as such (the nickname came about because of its grandeur, majestic nature), and from what we know of Beethoven and his political views, he might not have been too happy with the name by which it is well known now. (This piece is also special to me because it’s the piece I performed at the Orpheum and Playhouse theatres in 2002!) In The King’s Speech, I loved that they waited until the very end to play this music (they used the most beautiful part of the 2nd movement). They waited until right after his triumphant speech, when he had finally overcome his greatest challenge to date, when he was finally ready to fully step into his role as the King. Poignant and understated. Loved it.
- Did you know that this movie was rated R in the States? Due to the swearing. I mean, really?? Goodness. It’s amazing to me how there are places where people have become so desensitized to violence and sex, but not to swearing. Especially since the swearing in this movie was concentrated in just a couple of scenes, and had actual plot and character driven reasons for it. Apparently they now have (or will be making) a cut version of this movie where much of the swearing is cut out. On the one hand, I suppose that will make it easier for schools to show this movie, and that’s good, but on the other hand, I think it’s such an unnecessary and ironic move. And some of the funniest moments of the movie happened during these swearing rants!
- This movie, although not without its historical inaccuracies and gloss-overs, did make me more interested in learning about the actual events and people during that time in history. In my googling, I found this interesting clip; it’s a recording of the actual speech that King George VI gave, and listening to this made me further appreciate Colin Firth’s performance in the movie.
Have you seen The King’s Speech? What were your thoughts about it? Did you agree with it winning the Oscar for Best Picture?