My Reaction Paper About the Movie: the King's Speech

Topics: George VI of the United Kingdom, The King's Speech, George V of the United Kingdom Pages: 2 (645 words) Published: September 13, 2013
My Reaction Paper about the Movie “The King’s Speech”

Tom Hooper’s film “The King’s Speech” demonstrates the vital importance of the human voice in establishing and maintaining power. If you can’t get the words out then you will never assert authority. This moving film is about King George VI and his attempts to deal with a stammer. This charmingly modest film explores an entirely different kind of courage than the quality that's always seen on action movies or war. It's not about climbing mountains or destroying the enemy’s territory; it's about breaking emotional barriers and b. The most evoking scene in "The King's Speech" comes when Bertie, the painfully shy, tongue-tied second son of George V, arrives unannounced at his poor speech therapist's home and begins to unburden himself for the first time. The scene that follows is a depiction of the kind of breakthrough childhood moments I've been privileged to witness as a student. Bertie comes across a half-finished model airplane one of Lionel's sons was working on when he arrived. Commenting ruefully that as a royal child he was never allowed to make models, Lionel encourages him to paint glue on the struts. Brush and model in hand, the future king -- finally freed to be the child he wasn't allowed to be -- begins for the first time to tell his therapist where he's hurting. We begin to get a portrait of the haunting memories of Bertie's childhood: The nanny who preferred the older brother, tutors who forced the left-handed child to use his right hand, painful metal braces to straighten his legs. It's a turning point in the film, as we begin to understand just how much courage it took to be him, as a child with a crippling stammer, and how much courage he would have to muster to rise to the occasion to lead the nation, as George VI, through World War II. It's not the kind of courage that's usually featured in action movies, it’s not the guts to do something others can't, but the guts to do something that's...
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