Opened: January 7, 2011
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle & Michael Gambon
Despite it being a phenomenal film, The King’s Speech brought controversy to the Oscars in 2011 when it beat out The Social Network for Best Picture, leading younger audiences to argue that the awards show is out of touch.
Future King George VI (Colin Firth) – nicknamed Bertie – begins seeing speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) on recommendation of his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter). Being able to speak in front of crowds is crucial, especially when his brother King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) abdicates the throne.
Separately, Firth and Rush play their roles with strength, but together they bring about a dynamic and energy in their performance unmatched by most duos.
Director Tom Hooper combines a fantastic score, cinematography, costumes and sets to make one of the best royal pictures of the 2010s.
Final say: Bow to the throne. ★★★★★