17 thoughts on “MCM: Colin Firth Redux

  1. They are all so great! I always enjoy seeing Colin Firth.

    Besides P&P, The Importance of Being Ernest is a favorite of mine. Such a delight!

    Shakespeare in Love is another fun one.

    1. They’ve made six films together, the four mentioned above, plus St. Trinian’s (2007) and St. Trinian’s: The Legend of Fitton’s Grove (2009).

  2. Besides P&P my favourite Colin Firth movies are Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech (with HBC), The Importance of Being Earnest, Girl With the Pearl Earring. And I’m confident that the Happy Prince will join the list.

  3. As a sex symbol he doesn’t do it for me. But I do enjoy his acting, and I’ve loved some of the movies he’s been in.
    But not The Importance of Being Earnest. Not his fault, but acting with people whose accents were dodgy, to say the least, and the way the scriptwriters mangled the original made that film unwatchable. And all the women had Floppy Hair Syndrome. I struggled through it because it was my father’s favourite play, but honestly? Michael Redgrave every time. And what is Lady Bracknell without Edith Evans? Pointless. And without Joan Greenwood to balance her out there is no Gwendoline.
    He’s not my Darcy, either – that’s David Rintoul. But he had a good shot at it, and it was certainly a fun, frothy version of the book. But his hairstyle was so not right.
    Valmont was a disaster, costume-wise. So many gowns that looked like they were made from duvet covers! And let’s face it, Dangerous Liaisons had All The Polonaises.
    The King’s Speech was fabulous, and the costumes pretty much on point, as far as I could see. And Another Country is gorgeous and poignant, and Firth shone in it.

    1. I like the David Rintoul version too–mostly on the strength of Elizabeth Garvie’s Elizabeth. Tart, pretty, and bang-on with the “fine eyes” that appeal to Mr. Darcy. Rintoul is rather stiff, but then again, so is Darcy. Favorite Austen dude? Henry Tilney! Go for a guy who can make you laugh.
      A Month in the Country deserves a wider audience–it’s a lovely, delicate film about people damaged by war, the presence of history in daily life, and forging new friendships.

  4. So, where’s that review of Hour of the Pig?
    It was the first Firth film I ever saw, and I blame a friend for it. (She was obsessed with Middle Ages France.) It was weird and to me the clothes seemed weird and filthy enough :D

    1. I loved The Advocate. I’ve seen it several times and own a copy. The costumes were well done and reasonably authentic. That’s the first film I remember seeing Colin Firth in. If you know anything about French history of the time, it was all about he Albigensians in the south of France and their heretical ways. This forms the subplot of the film. I recommend it highly.

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