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A wondrous mix of inspired direction, breathtaking performances, and a compelling true human drama, The King's Speech is darn close to perfect. The task turns epic when the prince, thrust onto the throne, must address his nation as it goes to war — and overcome not only his speech disability but also the terrible secrets that triggered it. Seldom in film have the currents of history and the eddies of human frailty been so gingerly interwoven. We Also Loved: See our editors' complete list of the 10 best movies of the year on our Movies for Grownups Awards page. You are leaving AARP.
Who's got a secret? Just about everybody in this gem. Andy Garcia's the prison guard who secretly wants to act, Julianna Margulies is his neglected wife who's growing a bit too fond of the young man hubby brought home for dinner one night — and as for their kids, well, if Mom and Dad only knew. Driver Safety 0.
It's wrapped up in engaging performances by Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek, but at its heart this folk fable gets to the deep, dark places of regret, mortality and self-imposed isolation. King George VI and his speech therapist — Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush — grate, grind and growl at one another until each emerges more completely human. Next - Top 10 Movies for Grownups: Secretariat.