The Oscars “Best Picture” candidates: The King’s Speech

Sherin Nassar ('13)/Eastside opinions editor

Think of an orchestra. Think of how every instrument plays a vital role in creating the bigger picture. The violinists may create the soft, slow roles in the song, while the rhythmus drumming may rev up the pivotal parts. If someone were to take away one of these parts, then the master piece just would not play the same.  That is exactly how you would explain the King’s speech.  Whether from the actual script itself, the costume and set designs, or even the music, these counterparts all create one of the most, if not the most, must see motion picture of 2010.

The King’s Speech tells the story of a man who is forced to take the throne after his brother abdicates,  becoming King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth the second.  Plagued by a terrible stammer and having to step up to a position he finds himself to be unfit for, George (Berti) uses the help of Lionel Louge, an unorthodox speech therapist.  With the help of some unusual techniques and a surprising friendship, George is able to relocate the voice he thought he lost and lead his country through troubling times.

The two actors who just simply blow the screen play away are Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.  Not only is Firth able to convincingly play a man with a speech impendent, but he is also able to play the emotional aspects of a character in this predicament.  For instance, in the highlight of the film—the cursing scene—Firth is able to rush those blasting obscenities quickly out of his mouth, while still maintaining a rigid facial expression of a man who is frustrated that he cannot speak.  Although many viewers will find themselves roaring with laughter, especially when the therapist’s two son question what’s happening in the room when they hear this cursing rampage, they will also feel pity at the bottom of their hearts for Firth.  Rush, on the other hand, plays a whimsical character, a character he plays well. Viewers will enjoy Rush’s character because his witty comebacks, combined with his serious face, just can’t help but keep you smiling.  For instance, when Berti attempts to smoke in Lounge’s office, Lounge quickly tells him no, because Berti’s doctors are idiots. When Berti claims they’re knighted, Lounge simply replies solemnly “well that makes it official.”

Although the actors carry the movie well, the movie which would be nothing without other elements, which includes the score. The musical director, Alexandre Desplat, known for creating the scores for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part one and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adds the music in at just the right moments, like when Firth conducts his final speech. To be absolutely honest, without the music in this particular scene it would not have conducted the same feeling of victory.

All in all, this movie is one of the greats, which will probably take in a lot of awards at the Academy Awards. Although the movie’s main plot line centers on allowing a man to regain his lost speech, it will leave audience members where Berti began: speechless.

Inspirational sports movies have become extremely popular in the last decade, and although their clichéd “rags-to-riches” plot may grow repetitive, it is interesting to see if the staff can bring something new to the table.  Boxing related movies like “The million dollar baby”, “Cinderella Man”, and “Ali” have all received critical acclaim because of finely tuned direction and captivating performances from it’s acting squad. “The Fighter” starring Mark Walberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams can easily stand beside them. It has received several Oscar nominations including best picture, actor in a supporting role, actress in a supporting role, best director, best film editing, and best original screenplay.