’ The King s Speech

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A de­served hit with au­di­ences, crit­ics and Os­car vot­ers alike, this movie took an ob­scure foot­note from royal his­tory and turned it into an en­thralling hu­man drama. Play­ing the fu­ture George VI, Os­car-win­ner Colin Firth has never been bet­ter. As the king-to-be strug­gling to over­come his de­bil­i­tat­ing stam­mer and ful­fil his du­ties, Firth is matched by Ge­of­frey Rush, play­ing mav­er­ick Aus­tralian speech ther­a­pist Li­onel Logue with wit, gusto and charm. He­lena Bon­ham Carter of­fers regal sup­port as the king’s shrewd con­sort, the fu­ture Queen Mother. Sit­ting on her hus­band’s chest as he lies on the floor as part of one of Logue’s un­ortho­dox ex­er­cises, she says: ‘This is ac­tu­ally quite good fun.’ So it is. Dir: Tom Hooper 2010, 12, 130min

this royal drama is brought to life by a stun­ning cast

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