Having finally seen "The King's Speech" over the weekend, I was all fired up to write a marvelous blog about how the film smartly uses the music of Beethoven (Mozart too!) to fully enhance the drama. Alas, it seems David Stabler of The Oregonian beat me to the punch.
So here's the link to Mr. Stabler's article. He nailed it. I concur wholeheartedly. And if you have not yet seen the film. Go. Go. Go.
I was so happy when the Beethoven piece began at this point. It is one of my favorite pieces of music, has been since I heard it used over and over to powerful effect in the movie "The Fall" by Tarsem Singh. It has just the right melancholia for an announcement about WWII, just the right amount of suspense for the audience watching a man go through an ordeal, and just the right amount of hopefulness and gladness for his triumph.