I didn't think a movie could live up to all the hype. I know the subject matter is relatable - fear of public speaking is often regarded as the most common phobia in he world - but beyond that, I didn't know how this film was going to be anything other than a bit of a dull Brit-Flick.
I couldn't have been more wrong. The script is witty, the characterisation is superb and the pacing of it all is impeccable. We see King George VI (our current Queen's father) dealing not only with his stammer and his fear of public speaking, but with the difficulties of royal life and his brother's abdication.
Colin Firth is utterly superb. I can see why he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor and I hope he wins the Oscar too. The only performance which, for me, didn't work was Timothy Spall who plays Winston Churchill. I guess it's always going to be a very tough job to play such an iconic figure but I felt it slipped into parody. I laughed in places I shouldn't as a result.
All in all, however, this is a real cinematic delight, the likes of which are few and far between.
(Whilst I can't help with a stammer, I CAN help if you're nervous of speaking in public. My website http://www.fearofpublicspeakingcure.com has more)