Colin Firth & Helena Bonham Carter in The King's SpeechKing George VI (Colin Firth) was plagued by a dreaded stutter that made people think he was unfit for the throne – until he formed a lifelong friendship with a speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush). Firth’s performance is excellent, often conveying numerous emotions through just his eyes; meanwhile Rush remains fittingly just outside of the spotlight. Director Tom Hooper is very adept at these period pieces, having mastered the overview of one man’s life. The film is a fascinating and well-rounded view a good man with the potential to be a great king.

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