5 Must Watch Freedom Movies

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1. The King’s Speech, 2010

In the onset of the Second World War, the British people need decisive leadership. They found an unlikely hero in Prince Albert – whose reign inspired the wartime generation to defeat the tyranny of fascism and uphold a tradition of liberty.

No detail is overlooked in this remarkable true story of Prince Albert “Bertie” (Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), his eccentric Australian speech therapist. Suffering a debilitating speech impediment, Bertie expected to shadow his older brother, Edward the VIII, as he acceded the Crown.

However, an unexpected turn of events found Bertie as the head of an Empire at the brink of war.

In an age where public appearances, radio announcements and speeches were duly expected from every monarch, Bertie confronted the obstacles preventing him from accepting the significant responsibilities of a King.

His growth as a character is spearheaded by his friend, teacher and confidant, Lionel Logue. Lionel shows Bertie what he is capable of; that he truly can become the leader that Britain demands and requires of him.

His stumbles and stammer make him relatable to a people who see the unmanageable burden of war. Bertie’s persistence in turning against all odds transformed him into one of the greatest figures of hope in times of disaster. Alongside the role of Winston Churchill, King Albert led his people to believe they could defeat the despotism shackling mainland Europe. They were determined to protect the free world as we know it.

Proposal2. The Proposal, 2009

A light hearted comedy crossing national borders shows that even bureaucrats can’t legislate against love.

Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is a successful business manager who is about to receive her next promotion. She is set back by an immigration law and an expired visa that forces her to move back to Canada. With the prospect of losing her well established career to a careless and incompetent colleague, she decides to do the unthinkable: marry her overworked intern Andrew (Ryan Reynolds.)

After some coaxing and a guarantee of promotion, Andrew takes her up on the offer, at the risk of jail and a punishment of $100,000 if the Feds find out the marriage is a hoax. In order to prove their relationship is built on love instead of expediency, Margaret and Andrew fly on a weekend away to tell Andrews’s parents the “good news” of their engagement.

The hawkish immigration agent who first assessed them is not far behind. He follows the couple on their weekend away, determined to uncover Margaret’s “exploitation” of Andrew. Filled with witty one-liners and unexpected characters, the movie is littered with references against a difficult and uncompromising immigration policy. Just like a true bureaucrat, the agent tries his best to uncover the hoax, but is usually far behind the couple.

Love proves to be the greatest remedy against bizarre legislation. A must see film for anyone who believes that governments should encourage, not restrict, skilled immigration.

OneTwoThree3. One, Two, Three, 1961

This witty Cold War comedy hilariously explains why American capitalism is superior to Soviet communism. Set in West Berlin, a top Coca-Cola executive fends for his career in the midst of unexpected circumstances that sees him consorting with Soviet commissars and East German revolutionaries.

After some highly successful business deals, C.R. McNamara (James Cagney) is set on moving up the Coca-Cola corporate ladder. This is until McNamara’s boss asks him to take care of an unusual package: his hot-headed 17 year old daughter travelling through Europe. With the boss concerned of what she may be up to, McNamara tries to keep her well-guarded from the outside world.

Little does he know that she crosses the border into East Berlin every night, has fallen in love and married an idealistic East German revolutionary. McNamara’s goal from this point onwards is damage control: how can he possibly explain to his patriotic, all-American boss that his daughter plans to give up her life of luxury and live in Moscow for the rest of her life?

Watch McNamara’s hilarious determination to keep hold on to his career, let alone his long sought after promotion. He has approximately 24 hours to come up with a brilliant plan, which in turn gets continually thwarted by the unpredictable circumstances of East Berlin.

No amount of communism however, could forestall his genius solution which will surprise even the most capitalist of viewers.

RobinHood4. Robin Hood, 2010

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is a refreshing testament to historical accuracy. Far from the myth of a socialist hero, Robin Hood was a legend because of his stubborn defence of classical liberty – threatened by the tyranny and taxation of a corrupted Sheriff.

The intellectuals were not amused by this unexpected depiction of Robin Hood (starring Russel Crowe.) Instead of succumbing to the distorted folklore of a man who ‘robbed the rich to give to the poor,’ this was considered a ‘love letter to the tea party movement.’

They lamented the focus on ‘liberty,’ the ‘rights of the individual’ and ‘battles against government greed’ and were frustrated by Ridley Scott’s assertion that ‘the socialist Robin Hood is liberal media propaganda.’ Ideology aside, the historical record gives no indication that Robin Hood stole from the rich. Instead, it shows him helping a knight who lost his property at the expense of greedy and politically powerful clerics.

Hood’s main enemy is the Sheriff of Nottingham, whose collection of exorbitant taxes created resentment among peasants, commoners and noblemen alike.

The film predictably retains some elements of the Robin Hood myth for dramatic Hollywood effect; like the fabricated love story of Lady Marian and the inflated authority of King John. However, the sentiment of the film carries the true message of the Robin Hood tale.

He did not fight for equal distribution of wealth among the people, he fought to defend their individual right to create wealth, own property and uphold individual liberty.

AnnieOakley5. Annie Oakley, 1935

This film is based on a true story that is testament to the American dream. It is an ode to the Wild West, the 2nd Amendment and the belief that any person, regardless of gender or class, can rise from obscurity to greatness. It is much a love story between characters as a love story towards the principles that founded America.

Annie Oakley is played by Barbara Stanwyck, whose own life story exemplifies the American Dream. Foster homes and poverty did not stop Stanwyck from pursuing the Hollywood dream; she believed her disadvantaged background was ‘no impediment to success’ and that others could ‘reach their dreams without government intervention.’

She was the perfect actress for the role of Annie Oakley – whose true story required a similar fortitude. As an avid markswoman in a working class family, Oakley paid off the mortgage on her mother’s home by the time she was 15. Her class and her gender did not stop her from becoming one of America’s most celebrated Stars of the Wild West.

The film shows a multitude of characters, from the shooters who refused to take this woman at her word, to the man that believed in her from the very beginning. It covers her real marriage to marksman Frank E. Butler and life-long friendship with the Native American leader Sitting Bull. Annie Oakley became a potent figure for the empowerment of women as well as the right of all American citizens to bear arms.

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