The King’s Speech – 4 stars

The King’s Speech is a meticulous period piece, and the Oscar nominations of Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter are well deserved.  The interplay between George VI and his speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) is funny and well written, and the introduction of modern psychology to the methods of treatment for the speech malady is an interesting addition.  As Firth’s wife, Carter deftly plays the role of droll, drawing room observer and the rock that supports her husband.  Guy Pearce also contributes as the callow Edward, leaving his brother in the lurch for that Baltimore tramp.

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