21 thoughts on “MCM: Hugh Grant

  1. An Awfully Big Adventure is good, but has some challenging content.

    It’s too bad because Alan Rickman as Captain Hook still takes my breath away.

    1. “An Awfully Big Adventure” is a wonderful little art-house movie, and the trigger stuff is handled–“tastefully,” I think the word is. The theatrical troupe’s specialty is “Peter Pan” and so we are treated to both Rickman and Grant playing Captain Hook (although not at the same time). I don’t remember the costuming, but the general look and atmosphere felt right.

  2. I’m not sure if it’s after your cutoff, but ‘A Very English Scandal’ with Grant and Ben Whishaw is worth a look.

    1. Yes indeed. Just coming to mention that. Mr. Floopy hair has grown into an excellent character actor, particularly when they’re not so nice. Another good role is Fletcher in The Gentlemen.

    1. Me too, sister! Me too, That night time scene with Rupert Graves and James Wilby was part of awakening as a woman ;)

      (“I know sir! I know.”)

  3. Florence Foster Jenkins was a surprisingly sweet movie, plus Howard from Big Bang Theory did all of his own piano playing. I should watch it again during my Christmas break!

    1. Plus it had Nina Arianda (Ethel from Nicole Kidman’s recent Lucille Ball pic) in the role that should have made her “name on everyone’s lips” superstar. My god, she was a hoot in that!

  4. My husband and I were mesmerized by “The Last Place on Earth” in the 1980’s. All the cast was excellent. The book also – although it and the author received a great deal of criticism at the time for how incompetent Scott was.

    Grant’s character, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, was not part of the team making the last push to the pole, he lived until 1959 despite ill health after the expedition and wrote “The Worst Journey in the World,” which is still in print and worth reading.

    The series also featured performances by Bill Nighy, Richard Morant (Bunter to Edward Petherbridge’s Lord Peter), Brian Dennehy, Max von Sydow, Sylvester McCoy! and Scandinavian actors playing Amundsen and crew. Warning — a total downer, not for the squeamish, have blankets to wrap up in as you will start to feel cold. On Free TV (I find Free TV through Amazon Prime).

    1. Hear, hear! (Although I didn’t notice Grant as Cherry Garrard at the time and only read the book considerably later. The screencap is what you would expect someone looking like during/after the worst journey in the world.)

    2. I feel terribly sorry for Cherry-Garrard. He was quite young, had no relevant training or background and frankly shouldn’t have been there all. The trauma of the expedition stayed with him for life.

  5. To say that An Awfull Big Adventure has some trigger material is an extremely British level understatement especially as,it,is,marketed as,a,delightful romp of,mistakened identity But that you ❤ Impromptu shows we can be friends.

  6. My favourites are Sense and Sensibility and Impromptu. And of course Love, Actually. I’d vote for him as PM.

  7. Dear lord, but he was just the cutest, wasn’t he?

    Oddly enough, I appear to have mentally merged Sirens and English Up the Hill (whatever) into the same movie. Realizing that they are two distinct films dispels my confusion about why there are so many hot naked Australians running around in Victorian Wales.

    1. SarahV: Me too!!! I saw both movies WAY BACK WHEN and in my mind they became one and the same. But no, two delightful movies, twice as much Grant and Fitzgerald!

      Let me give this Christmas gift to everyone: DO NOT WATCH CLOUD ATLAS!! Of course, there were many book readers who say that the book is a marvel but the movie is a travesty. I can’t add to that conversation, I can only say the movie is HORRIBLE. Watch anything else on this list instead.

      Oh, Hugh…what a dream then AND now!!!! It’s impossible to choose a single fave FrockFlick role! But, I’ll go with a late one…Waverly in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I think the prerequisite for that movie was that ALL the men had to be fine!! Hugh Grant MCM is definitely MCM worthy–like maybe the most MCM-worthy of them all!!

  8. Unpopular opinion – he’s the reason I don’t ship Elinor/Edward. But he’s delightfully floppy throughout the film. I really enjoy him in The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill….

    1. That’s a very popular opinion, actually. Even people who like that movie usually name him as the weak link. Personally, I think he’s one of many subpar choices in it, but YMMV. Dan Stevens is better.

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