I'm sure anyone reading this has heard rave reviews (all justified) for Colin Firth's performance, but this films is so much more than that.
It tells the story of Albert, Duke of York, who has suffered from a stammer for years. His wife, Elizabeth (later to become the Queen Mother) tries everything to help him, including hiring an unorthodox Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue. Albert and Logue create a bond between them as he teaches Bertie (to his family) to speak without a stammer. Bertie is pushed into the limelight when his brother abdicates to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, and becomes King George VI. And so the story continues...
After hearing such great things, I couldn't wait to see this film. It has an amazing British cast (one of the best in history) including Oscar-worthy Colin Firth (Bertie), Geoffrey Rush (Logue), Helena Bonham Carter (Queen Elizabeth), Michael Gambon (King George V), Guy Pearce (King Edward, Bertie's abdicating brother), Derek Jacobi (The Archbishop of Canterbury) and Eve Best (a delightfully cold Wallis Simpson).
This film also has plenty of laughs, something I really wasn't expecting, but something I really enjoyed. It has an excellent screenplay and is well-made. I also found it really inspiring and I sympathised and liked all the characters (except those you weren't meant to, of course). As a whole, this film is pretty darn brilliant, and I urge you to go see it (and also, you don't need to be a real history buff to enjoy it).