PG, 112 minutes
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce
Colin Firth's performance as the under-confident, stammering King George VI has been rightly hailed as a modern classic, but it’s a duet. Geoffrey Rush, as his Australian speech therapist, breaks through the new King's emotional backlog just in time for a vital speech to the nation and his direct, twinkly eyes contrast smartly with Firth's—distracted, alarmed by confrontation, then moist with anxiety. History is lightly whitewashed but the smart script and clever direction provide great material for an excellent supporting cast. Everyone’s best moment is at the pivotal scene at the stories climax—Bertie's live radio address to the nation on the outbreak of WW2 is elegant and moving.
Winner of the big Oscar categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.