The real protagonist in ‘The King’s Speech? is ………
Beethoven! Yes, I certainly think so! Why?
I watched the film five or six months ago and I got stunned by its last 15 minutes, when de King – finally!- is able to pronounce his first speech on the radio leading the country through war. That’s the peak, the moment in which emotion reaches its full extent.
In my opinion all in the film is oriented to prepare us for that great moment. Neither the king’s story, nor the characters, nor the actors or settings are important. Only the speech …… and the music matter!
Yesterday I revised those las 15 minutes and saw it clearly : the speech previous electric and expectant atmosphere is created by the music, and when de King’s speech starts, its extent is perfectly adapted to a complete part of the Beethoven 7th Simphony 2nd movement (Allegretto), and then, during the touching final walk of King through the balcony receiving congratulations from different, again all that ‘tempo’ is perfectely adapted to the first part (played by the orchestra) of the Beethoven Piano Concert N0. 5-II Adagio. And finally, the film ends with a front view of de King on the blacony just in the moment in which the piano starts its wonderful solo.
And you, spectator, remain there watching the cast scrolling trying to read the song names and listening, listening, listening ………. to Beethoven!
(You can check it playing the film in your computer, and listening to Beethoven below)