Director: Tom Hooper. Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi , Michael Gambon, Guy Pearce, Claire Bloom, Timothy Spall. 118 min. Rated R. UK/Australia. Drama.
There are so many grand elements here, a 100-word review would be an insult. Where do I start? Colin Firth's once-in-a-lifetime performance? The captivating Firth-Rush chemistry? The fascinating screenplay? The engaging subtlety of British wordplay? Or even ... the clever speech therapy session camera angles? Reminiscent of The Queen, this is a movie run entirely by the beautiful flow of words (or lack thereof, at moments of the protagonist's stammering). A good example where if any element in a film is anywhere less than perfect, the entire film may fall apart. Don't even dare betting against Colin Firth's Oscar win.