Monday, November 11, 2013

My Favorite COLIN FIRTH Movies

Back in my community college days, I would spend hours on end watching movies that were only related to each other because of one actor. So, of course, I dedicated about 15 hours to Colin Firth. Needless to say, I probably know what I'm talking about when it comes to this list. 

5. The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest is an old classic about a couple of friends who mix up their names in order to satisfy the loves of their lives while also avoiding a pestering aunt. The original play was written by Oscar Wilde and was meant to be filled with beautiful costumery and over-the-top characters. Firth, however, plays the subuded, charming and good-intentiond friend Jack Worthing who falls in love with Algernon's cousin. It's a wild goose chase for real identities but Firth holds his ground and is comedic all the way through it. 

4. Love Actually

A British Rom-Com that intersects several different love stories with several different characters. Firth plays a heartbroken writer who leaves the country to be in a desolate cabin in France to write a new novel. He slowly falls in love with a beautiful maid who only speaks Portuguese. Needless to say, this bumbling idiot that Firth plays is all too endearing and relentlessly, hopelessly romantic. It's not a very difficult character to play in comparison to his more recent serious roles but it's a lot of fun to watch, especially with girlfriends. 

3. A Single Man

Colin Firth plays a suicidal high school teacher who is living his last day after his partner dies in a car accident. Considering this is the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford, you can expect an extremely well dressed and well coiffed Firth. He is extremely pensive and brooding. The monochromatic coloring add to the slow pace of the movie. Quite honestly, it's a very depressing film in which we see Firth contemplate various ways of suicide. The bright side is Firth is finally a serious actor on the American silver screen. 

2. The King's Speech

The movie that won him an Oscar. Firth plays the younger brother of the King to be with a terrible speech impediment. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), his older brother rescinds the throne and Firth must take on the royal repsonsibility. Unfortunatey, in a time of extreme distress, Firth must give a radio speech in order to change his country's trust in the throne. Firth's muddled British accent is perfect for the role including every expletive and exasperated hair flip. 

1. Pride and Prejudice

Soft spoken yet stoic. Chivalrous yet stern. These are just some of the things we love to hate about the timeless character of Mr. Darcy. Firth plays the romantically awkward character so perfectly, you should forget about the Kiera Knightley version altogether. Even though this BBC version is 6 episodes long, it doesn't miss a single detail. With such perfect casting and easy direction, you'll be watching all six in a row. By far, this is my favorite Colin Firth movie. Let's fall in love, guys. 

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