So much has already been said about Tom Hooper's The King's Speech at this point that writing a formal review feels rather perfunctory, so I'll just keep things simple.
What we have here is a very classy, very warmly-made British drama that because it's exceedingly well-acted and delivers emotionally in the closing moments is a surefire Best Picture nominee, and you know what, I don't have a problem with that.
I would, however, take offense to the film actually taking the Oscar back home across the Atlantic, because as easy as it is to slip into and admire, it's too dapper and antiquated - gently amusing and affecting, yes, but it's aspirations are modest, just like Hooper's previous film, the intelligently crafted footballer, The Damned United.
However modest the film may be, Colin Firth is anything but. His stuttering and hesitant King George VI is a very mannered but intelligent and compassionate performance that deserves recognition - delivering that acceptance speech might be a bit tricky, though. [B]