The King's Speech 8/10
'The King's Speech' is bloody good. If I had had time to see it before making my 2010 favorite films list, it would have been #10. Colin Firth is the clear front-runner for the Best Actor Oscar. His transformation from the stammering, insecure Prince Albert, Duke of York to the determined, more self-assured King George VI is believable and inspiring. Helena Bonham Carter is terrific as his supportive wife as is Geoffrey Rush as the patient speech therapist who eventually gains the King's trust. The intriguing drama of the King Edward VIII constitutional crisis over Wallis Simpson and the tension from the rise of Nazi Germany in pre-World War II Europe provide important historical context for the film and are woven in nicely to the plot.